H.R. 6961: Adding Additional Care for Eating Disorders Patients

A bill that targets nutrition services.

A bill was introduced in Congress on January 11 would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide medical nutrition therapy for individuals with eating disorders. Currently Medicare provides some, but not comprehensive care for the estimated 28,800,000 people in the US with eating disorders. The services would be provided under the Medicare program. US Representative Judy Chu, of California, introduced the bill.

The Nutrition Counseling Aiding Recovery for Eating Disorders Act of 2024, or the “Nutrition CARE Act of 2024,” would enable eating disorders patients to receive care from a registered dietitian or nutrition professional after referral from a physician, a psychologist, or other mental health care professional. If approved, the Nutrition CARE Act of 2024 would include 13 hours of care, including a 1-hour first assessment and 12 hours of reassessment and intervention over a 1-year period.

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