Because of my early and consistent nutritional treatment, I developed normally and graduated high school and then college. I currently hold a master’s degree in Human Nutrition and work in Central Alabama as a registered dietitian at a group of community health centers. I have seen God work through nutrition therapy in my own life, and the objective of my career is to offer nutrition therapy and preventative community resources to those in need.

Only by God’s provision of the means necessary to maintain my diet, (which allows 12 total grams of protein per day, the equivalent of 2 eggs), and medical formula regimen have I been able to reach my full potential and serve my community. However, in my new job I have been informed my insurance company will not cover medical foods such as my formula. My husband and I have been married for 7 years in October, and although we both work full-time, we are hardly able to afford my $800 per month medical formula since we have been having to pay for it ourselves. Additionally, we are in the process of adopting a child, (a costly endeavor), and the extreme cost of my medically necessary formula is creating difficulty in payment of adoption fees and saving to meet the needs of our child.

Coverage of medical nutrition would mean my husband and I could focus on providing for our family and meeting the complex emotional and medical needs of our baby. It would mean security for now and hope for the future.

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