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FMI lauds introduction of Medical Nutrition Therapy Act

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FMI lauds introduction of Medical Nutrition Therapy Act

ARLINGTON, VA – FMI – The Food Industry Association on Wednesday applauded the introduction of the bipartisan Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) Act in both the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Jen Kiggans (R-VA) and in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Gary Peters (D-MI). The MNT Act would give Medicare beneficiaries increased access to counseling by registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to help prevent, delay and manage chronic disease and diet-related medical conditions.

“Food retailers are uniquely positioned to provide nutrition counseling services to customers in the same location that they purchase their groceries and medications, making the grocery store a destination for health and well-being,” Krystal Register, FMI’s senior director for health and well-being, said in a statement. “Counseling provided by RDNs as part of a health care team ensures the best possible nutrition-related health outcomes and can positively impact weight, blood pressure, blood lipids and blood sugar control.

“The positive health outcomes of MNT have been repeatedly studied and documented. Currently, however, Medicare only covers outpatient MNT services for diabetes and kidney disease, which means millions of seniors and other beneficiaries are either forced to pay out-of-pocket for nutrition care services or left without access to comprehensive care. Increased access to MNT would be a cost-effective way to help tens of millions of seniors who suffer from one or more diet-related chronic conditions.

“FMI is proud to support the bipartisan Medical Nutrition Therapy Act, which would expand Medicare MNT coverage to include a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. Importantly, the legislation would also grow the list of qualified providers authorized to refer their patients for MNT, adding nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and psychologists.

“We thank Reps. Kelly and Kiggans as well as Sens. Collins and Peters for introducing this important legislation to address a significant gap in health support services for consumers. FMI’s government relations team looks forward to working with them and Congressional leadership to ensure this critical bill is passed in the 118th Congress.”


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