Public Policy

This is a very special year for NJAND as we celebrate 85 years of serving as New Jersey’s leading organization supporting food and nutrition professionals. As personal resolutions are made with the focus on self-improvement, we also make professional goals to improve the health and well-being of NJ communities.

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This page is dedicated to public policy news at both the state and federal level. 

American Health Care Act 
On March 24, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and President Trump pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from consideration by the House. Speaker Ryan stated that for the foreseeable future the Affordable Care Act will remain the law of the land, and the House will move to other priorities. The Academy will continue to work with Congress on evidence-based solutions to improve health care and ensure nutrition services are included in comprehensive care. The action alert was closed on March 24.  Action alert reports were posted to the Public Policy Communities of Interest on Friday, March 24.  

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Announces Opposition to American Health Care Act
On March 13, the Academy sent a press release to the media regarding its opposition to the American Health Care Act. Last Friday, the Academy sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees. The press release can be found by clicking here.

National Clinical Care Commission Act Passes the House in the 115th Congress
The National Clinical Care Commission Act was re-introduced as H.R. 309 in the 115th Congress by Representative Pete Olson (Texas) and Dave Loebsack (Iowa). Thanks to the continued support of the Academy and our partners in the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, on January 9, 2017, the House unanimously passed H.R. 309. The bill now moves to the Senate, where the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will consider the House version of the bill. This bill is identical to H.R. 1192 from the 114th Congress, and gives registered dietitian nutritionists a seat at the table to ensure that federal programs provide the most efficient and effective care for people with diabetes and related diseases. The Academy continues to support the swift passage of this important legislation.  We will provide additional information on how you can assist once we know the Senate schedule.

Affordable Care Act Repeal….We need your stories ASAP!
The Academy is collecting information from Academy members on the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal. Although it is still in the discussion stage, what concerns do you have moving forward? How has the ACA helped or hurt your practice, your employer and your clients? Please share your stories and other information with Stefanie Winston Rinehart at swinston@eatright.org.   If you have a story to share, we want to hear from you!

National Academies of Medicine Report Reviews WIC Food Package
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics commends the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for the release of a congressionally mandated report that proposes improvements to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) by better aligning with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and promoting and supporting breast-feeding. This report has reviewed the evidence over the last three years, and recommended changes to USDA. A few of the recommendations include but are not limited to, increase the dollar amount of the cash value voucher, add fish, and reduce the amounts of juice, milk, legumes, and peanut butter in all food packages for women and children to improve the balance of food groups in alignment with the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For additional information, click here.

Lauren Au, a researcher at the UC Nutrition Policy Institute, is profiled by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.