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The Academy's Nutrition Care Manual is a comprehensive online resource that covers all aspects of nutrition management. NCM’s user-friendly resources include:

  • Disease-specific nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation recommendations.
  • Printable client handouts in English and Spanish.
  • Formulary database.
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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Affordable Care Act

Oral arguments were held last week on legal challenges to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In their final sessions, the justices tackled the question of what would happen if they ruled the heart of the law, the individual mandate that is its key funding mechanism, unconstitutional.

Although it is unclear whether the justices will decide on the entire Act or only parts of it, eliminating this part of the Act will lead to the dismantling to other parts that are very popular. Requiring health insurance for all spreads the risk and eliminates the high cost of providing care to the uninsured. Academy members would also see an end to new opportunities for nutrition services and interventions. If the decision is not favorable for the Affordable Care Act, it is like these components will no longer be sustainable:

  • Coverage for pre-existing conditions would revert back to when insurers could deny coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Fifty thousand Americans are now covered by the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, or PCIP. Before that program, they had been unable to qualify for health insurance because of costly pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Coverage to 2 million Americans in their early- to mid-twenties that are covered by their parents' health plan may be lost.
  • Four million children who have coverage will lose it because states will cut funding for Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Medicaid).
  • Elimination of funding for community health centers that treat underserved populations in the inner city and in rural areas.
  • Plans would be able to place lifetime limits on payouts an enrollee's medical care. For cancer patients and others with very costly medical conditions, that provision has kept them from losing coverage.
  • States would stop getting money to build their own health insurance exchanges that offer lower cost coverage to individuals and small businesses.
  • The $15 billion Prevention and Public Health Trust Fund would be dismantled, which is funds nutrition programs and interventions. Many of these programs are being led by Academy members.
  • Medicare prescription drug costs in the coverage gap, often called the "donut hole," would return and be widened.
  • A free annual wellness visit to develop a personalized preventive care plan would no longer be reimbursed.
  • A $500 million "community transitions" program to keep discharged hospital patients from having to go back to the hospital by making sure they follow their discharge instructions for post-hospital care would also end.

Because this is a Supreme Court case and not a Congressional issue, the Academy will not be doing any lobbying and will not be able to influence the decision. The Academy will continue to promote the goal of improving the health of Americans to guide our positions.

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