143. The Right Stuff: Supporting Access to Medicaid Nutrition Services

Monday, October 28
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 204-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149499

Course Tracks: Policy and Advocacy

Efforts to increase access to preventive services including nutrition care have traditionally focused on federal programs such as a Medicare. In 2019, the Academy joined forces with other leading organizations to advocate for increased access to obesity care in an initiative led by affiliate policy leaders. This session will review the current state-by-state environment for nutrition counseling for obesity under the Medicaid program and state insurance plans. An overview of the legislation that allows for preventive health programs will be provided along with success stories from the initiative and impact on the visibility of registered dietitians as members of the interdisciplinary team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the coverage of nutrition counseling for obesity care in state Medicaid programs and identify opportunities to advocate for increased access.
  • Recite methods by which state Medicaid programs can expand preventive health services under current law and ways to communicate effectively with state leaders.
  • Outline the Academy’s efforts to advocate collaboratively with other organizations in a state initiative and implications for future coverage and reimbursement.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1080 Legislation, public policy
  • 7170 Reimbursement, coverage
  • 7130 Managed care

Performance Indicator:

  • 1.5.1 Stays current of, complies with and models national, state and local legislation, policies and standards.
  • 14.2.7 Negotiates payment and reimbursement for customers/patients in order to promote access to care.
  • 8.2.5 Keeps abreast of, advocates for and integrates knowledge of national and local funding models that impact the population and services provided.


  • Robyn Smith Brown, MBA, RD, LDN

  • Speaker(s)

  • William Dietz, MD, PhD

  • Debbie Chang, MPH

  • Krista Yoder Latortue, MPH, RDN, PMP, PBA, LDN, FAND

    Executive Director

    Family Food, LLC.