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Dietitians improve access to preventive health care

Dietitians improve access to preventive health care

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has made preventive services a priority. This is a great opportunity for dietitians. No longer do we have to wait for people to get sick with diabetes or kidney failure before we can provide care.

According to Healthcare.gov: "All Marketplace health plans and many other plans must cover the following list of preventive services without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible."

Dietitians are eligible to deliver at least two of those services: 

  1. Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease
  2. Obesity screening and counseling