Mapping Medicaid Nutrition Coverage: Where Are We Now and Where Can We Go?


Approximately 90 million individuals are enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, making Medicaid one of the largest sources of health insurance in the United States. The federal government provides the majority of Medicaid funds and sets certain minimums for what states must cover, but states have broad flexibilities in designing the specifics of their Medicaid programs, making it challenging to understand what nutrition care services are covered in which states, for which populations, and by which providers. To address this, the Academy partnered with George Washington University to complete a Medicaid mapping project to understand the landscape of nutrition care services coverage across state Medicaid programs. Attendees will learn about how state Medicaid programs are designed and administered, hear the results of the mapping project, and learn how to use these results to find what nutrition-related services are covered in their state.

Planned with the Legislative and Public Policy and Nutrition Services Payment Committees

Learning Objectives

Describe the basic structure of the Medicaid program, including populations covered, benefits and eligibility requirements and services

Utilize Academy tools to identify opportunities to provide nutrition care services to Medicaid participants

Apply learnings from the session that will support advocacy strategies to expand access to nutrition services in Medicaid programs

Performance Indicators

14.2 Applies principles of financial management to support and achieve budgetary goals

3.3 Advocates for nutrition and dietetics services and resources for clients and populations

12.1 Advocates for health promotion and disease prevention in communities, in populations and globally


Betsy Hjelmgren

Owner, Clinical Dietitian

Feed to Succeed

Anne Markus

Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management

George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Matt Salo


Salo Health Strategies


Manju Karkare


Nutritionally Yours LLC

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