Below is a chart for every Member of Congress that is live-tracking their support for eating disorders items.
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- ✓ = Denotates Support of that Item.
- (LEAD) = Bill or Item Lead.
- * = Original Co-Sponsor (for legislation only).
- N/A = Party leaders and relevant Committee leadership are unable to co-sponsor or support items due to their position.
(1) Nutrition CARE Act (H.R. 1551/S. 584): The bipartisan Nutrition Counseling Aiding Recovery for Eating Disorders (CARE) Act permits the 3% of seniors and 4.5% of persons with disabilities affected by an eating disorder to receive outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy (dietitian services) under Medicare Part B, at the same level as other conditions such as diabetes.
(2) SERVE Act: The bipartisan Supporting Eating Disorders Recovery Through Vital Expansion Act (SERVE) Act:
- Extends the age limit for military family members to access residential eating disorders care from 20 years old up to the Medicare-eligibility age of 65.
- Require the Secretary of Defense create regulations and plans to identify, treat, and rehabilitate servicemembers affected by eating disorders, as was done for substance use disorder.
- Require the DoD and VA to establish clinical practice guidelines for eating disorders treatment, which have been created for numerous other medical and mental health conditions
(3) FY22 LHHS Letter
This letter requests:
- Up to $1,000,000 to provide trainings for primary care health professionals to screen, intervene, and refer patients to treatment for eating disorders through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
- Increased National Institues of Health (NIH) support for eating disorders research and the establishment of a task force of eating disorders researchers, advocates, and Institutes and Centers, including NIMH, NIDDK, NIMHD, NICHD, and NIDA, to create a Strategic Plan to address research gaps in genetics, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of eating disorders.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to include questions on unhealthy weight control practices for eating disorders, including binge eating, through the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.