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Up to 4% of older adults and twice as many men as women are affected by eating disorders. These disorders, however, are often overlooked in this population, despite the fact that older adults are at greater risk of repercussions due to the prevalence of co-occurring chronic conditions. A key aspect of comprehensive treatment, outpatient nutrition counseling is not covered by Medicare, leaving this population vulnerable, but new legislation aims to change that.

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— Kate Jackson, editor
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Bipartisan Senators Introduce Nutrition CARE Act Companion Legislation

Effort Intended to Improve Access to Treatment for Seniors and Persons With Disabilities on Medicare

The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action celebrates the introduction of the bipartisan Senate companion legislation of the Nutrition Counseling Aiding Recovery for Eating Disorders (Nutrition CARE) Act of 2019 led by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH).

Eating disorders affect 3% to 4% of the senior population and approximately 6% of females and 3% of males with disabilities. Eating disorders for older Americans and Americans with disabilities are particularly serious, given the likelihood of co-occurring chronic conditions that further compromise an individual’s health and well-being. Despite the prevalence of eating disorders within these populations, Medicare excludes coverage for outpatient nutrition counseling—a core component of comprehensive treatment for eating disorders.

“Eating disorders tend to be discussed in the context of young people, but that misses the full extent of the problem,” Hassan says. “My bipartisan bill with Senator Murkowski would help ensure that seniors and people living with disabilities—both populations who often face other health challenges in addition to eating disorders—receive the comprehensive care that they need.”

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