We are excited to announce that the Medical Nutrition Equity Act is now a bi-partisan bill! The NPKUA would like to thank Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for their support as our legislative champions!
House and Senate passes Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act expanding TRICARE coverage of medical foods for PKU! Thank you to everyone who helped with this important advocacy effort. We look forward to building on this success to achieve access to treatment for all!
Help us build support for the Medical Nutrition Equity Act! Read the full action alert here to learn more about the MNEA and ask your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to support this important legislation!
Schedule meeting with members of Congress in Washington D.C. during our May lobby days! NPKUA Board Members, staff and volunteers will be in Washington D.C. the afternoon of May 22nd and all day May 23rd to rally support for the MNEA. Even if you are not able to join us in D.C., a representative from the NPKUA can meet with your U.S. Representative and two U. S. Senators on your behalf.
Phone Script for scheduling a Washington D.C. meeting with your U.S. Representative
Phone Script for scheduling a Washington D.C. meeting with your U.S. Senators
Meet with members of Congress in local offices! U.S. Senators and Representatives return to their home states throughout the year. Contact their office staff to setup a local appointment. A face-to-face meeting is a great way to talk with them about PKU and why coverage of physician prescribed medical foods - medical formulas and low protein modified foods is so important.
Phone script for scheduling an in-district meeting with your U.S. Representatives
Phone script for scheduling an in-district meeting with your U.S. Senators
Look Up Your Legislator Tool:
Click here to find the names and contact information for your congressional members. It will list the D.C. contact information along with their website. To schedule a DC or local in-district meeting, call the D.C. office and ask for the scheduler. To discuss PKU and medical foods coverage over the phone, ask to speak with the health legislative assistant (HLA).
Important Documents To Share With Congressional Members and Staff:
MNEA Informational Flyer
Summary of Medical and Dietary Guidelines for the Treatment of PKU
U.S. Senate PKU Awareness Resolution (S. Res 627)
American Medical Association (AMA) Resolution 122 – Health Coverage for Nutritional Products for Inborn Errors of Metabolism
Additional Resources and Information:
Medical Nutrition Equity Act - Action Alert with Talking Points
General Tips On How To Contact Congress
ACMG Efforts Lead to AMA’s Support of Health Coverage for Medical Food Products
GMDI Position Statement on Medical Foods
Click here for an After Visit Summary Form to send to the NPKUA