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If you need nutrition counseling, Medicare may cover it in full

Written by Diane Archer

As we all know, what we eat can affect our health in all kinds of ways. And, for people with diabetes or kidney conditions, this is all the more true. To help people with diabetes or kidney disease learn to eat right, Medicare covers nutrition counseling in full. (Medicare also covers weight counseling.)

If you have diabetes, chronic renal disease or have had a kidney transplant and want medical nutrition counseling, so long as you see a doctor, registered dietician, or other Medicare-qualified nutrition professional who “takes assignment”–accepts Medicare’s approved amount as payment in full–you will have no out-of-pocket costs. And, if you’re in a Medicare Advantage plan, so long as you see an in-network provider—you will have no copays, coinsurance or other out-of-pocket costs either.

To benefit from dietary counseling, speak with your doctor. For more information about Medicare coverage of nutrition counseling, visit MedicareInteractive. And, for nutrition tips from Just Care, read these posts: tips about food with added sugar, diet soda and weight loss and herbal supplements.


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