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HR 2415, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013, would
allow Registered Dietitians (that is, dietitians who go through the AND’s
credentialing program), Certified Diabetes Educators, and instructors trained
and certified by the National Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach Training
Program (funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to perform
intensive behavioral therapy, communicate nutrition plans to an individual’s
primary care physician or practitioner, and be reimbursed for these services by
Registered Dietitians (RDs) are allowed to perform services
and receive reimbursement on their own merits, while other nutrition
professionals, even those with higher educational credentials and twice as many
clinical hours to their credit, are excluded unless they have gone through one
of the other two listed programs. In other words, the bill would create a
distinction that does not currently exist in federal law (the Social Security
Act, which controls Medicare, provides equal treatment for RDs and other qualified
Please write your representative and ask him or her to amend
the bill to expand Medicare reimbursement to all qualified nutrition professionals!
Please personalize your comments if you have the time!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]