Change in Medicare - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/29/02

Change in Medicare

Millions of seniors are starting the new year on a healthier note thanks to a change in Medicare. The government program now covers nutrition therapy for people with Diabetes and Kidney Disease. Until now, only patients who were severely ill qualified for counseling. The new benefit is designed to help teach seniors in general how to eat better to take control of their disease.

Doctors have long known that diet plays a major role in the development of chronic diseases, but it took a study commissioned by Congress to prove that nutrition therapy could save taxpayer dollars. Congress has now passed legislation allowing Medicare to cover nutrition therapy.

That means an estimated 4.5 million people with Diabetes and more than a 100,000 patients with Kidney Disease are eligible to benefit from the therapy.

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