Having medical nutrition covered by the government would make life a lot more simple. I would have less stress and more peace of mind knowing that I don’t owe a doctor or insurance company or food company an astronomical amount of money in which I may need to take out a loan. Having medical foods covered is a necessity in order to maintain a healthy PKU low-protein diet. Following a strict PKU diet, much of my daily intake consists of low protein breads and pastas. My pasta costs almost 10 times more than pasta bought at a local grocery store. My medical food should be looked at as medicine, not food. It is a requirement, not a choice. Having medicine covered like my Kuvan would be a huge relief as well. If the technology and medicine is there to help someone live a meaningful and somewhat normal life, every effort should be made to do that. Due to its high costs, most people will never get to experience that.

The Medical Nutrition Equity Act will provide key support for those Americans who rely on medical foods to survive and thrive.