Most likely you’ve seen the commercials where actress Jennifer Garner asks, “What’s in your wallet?” If you’re like most people you probably have credit cards, debit cards, a driver’s license or photo ID, some cash and maybe even a few old receipts. But the card I’d like you to think about is your insurance card. Your insurance card may provide benefits you might not be aware of; namely nutrition counseling. And if you’re not using your insurance for nutrition services, you could be leaving money on the table.
In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law and this legislation expanded access to preventive services and mandated that all non-grandfathered health plans must provide preventive service coverage for their members. These services must be provided to patient at no cost regardless of copay, coinsurance or deductible as long as they are rendered by an in-network provider. Medical Nutrition Therapy also known as nutrition counseling is a preventive service and is covered by the ACA. This means the financial barriers have been removed and you could be working with a registered dietitian at no charge to you!
In 2019, US health care spending reached 3.8 trillion dollars or $11,582 per person. This is a staggering amount of money being spent and the leading driver of these costs is chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Over the past year, we all saw how these chronic conditions or comorbidities increased the risk of serious complications and/or death from Covid 19. These conditions can be avoided, treated and mitigated by preventive services like nutrition counseling. Preventive care can help people stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, increase personal as well as workplace productivity and reduce costs. Why wait? Prevention really is the best cure. So I’ll ask again, “what’s in your wallet?”
The registered dietitians at Waverley Oaks accept all major insurance plans and will check your insurance benefits for you. Contact [email protected] today to get started today