Introducing the Public Policy Team

Hello! I’m Lexie Stoneking from West Des Moines, Iowa and I am your Public Policy Coordinator. Public policy is a passion of mine because I see the impact it has on the people I serve every day as a dietitian. As I have spent more time working with legislators this past Session, I have realized that they don’t fully understand the importance of dietitians or, frankly, what we even do! It is important that we let our representative know exactly what we do and how we support the health of Iowans and their families.


Your legislators need to hear from you! The Public Policy Team has already started connecting with members of the Iowa Legislature, but we need your help! We are asking that you reach out as well and introduce yourself (https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find). Let them know what you do as a registered and licensed dietitian and why you are uniquely qualified for that role. We need to let our representatives know that the services of dietitians must be protected, especially since licensure continues to be a hot issue! If you ever have any questions, always reach out to any member of your


Public Policy Team: policyeatrightiowa@gmail.com


Hi, I am Tracey Sauke. I live in Cedar Falls Ia, and I am your State Policy Representative, responsible for tracking state legislative and regulatory issues of importance to dietitians. This year the Academy is strongly encouraging grassroots advocacy, which means we need your help! The easiest first step is to take time to meet your local members of the Senate and the House of Representatives and simply talk to them about what you do as a dietitian and why licensure is important. Feel free to contact your Public Policy Team with any questions. You can also find several resources on eatrightpro.org by entering ‘grassroots’ into the search bar.


Hi, I am Kristy Carr. I live in Des Moines, IA, and I am your State Regulatory Specialist. I am responsible for tracking and initiating work with the state agencies managed by the governor. The entire Public Policy team is responsible for informing and encouraging Iowa dietitians to do their part when it comes to advocacy. With that being said, I want to remind you that there is a current ‘Take Action’ request from The Academy: the Stand up for Important Nutrition Issues in the Next Stimulus Package. Check it out here: https://www.eatrightpro.org/advocacy/take-action/action-center


This past legislative session, there was a proposed bill to remove the licensure requirement for dietitians and several other professions. Licensure is crucial to protecting both the safety of Iowans and our careers as registered dietitians, just as it is to any other licensed healthcare professional. Licensure is what makes us stand out between those with an education and experience in dietetics/nutrition and those giving out nutrition advice based on their own thoughts/opinions. We are aware that this will likely be coming back up in the 2021 session and we need your help to make sure it does not get passed. It is so important to contact your local legislators to discuss what our profession does. Please contact your public policy team with any questions.


This is Susie Roberts, your Insurance Reimbursement Chair, from Ankeny! In my role, I will do my best to respond to insurance reimbursement-related questions from clinical dietitians, and I will support and advocate for insurance coverage at both the state and federal levels. Did you know that there is a current bill proposing expanded MNT (medical nutrition therapy) coverage for Medicare beneficiaries? Today Medicare only covers MNT for diabetes, kidney disease, and obesity (if incident to a physician). The expanded bill proposes including: prediabetes, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, malnutrition, eating disorders, cancer, celiac disease, HIV/AID, and any disease related to unintentional weight loss.


Please support this by taking 1 or 2 minutes to complete the Action Alert here: https://www.eatrightpro.org/advocacy/take-action/action-center. Your Public Policy Team is asking ALL Iowa dietitians (whether you are an Academy member or not) to support this (and other) Action Alerts, as it supports our profession overall. Please contact me at sroberts1209@gmail.com if you have any questions.


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