February 7, 2013
The Idaho Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics recently presented to the Senate and House Health and Welfare Committees of the Idaho State Legislature on Thursday, January 31, 2013. This event was scheduled by our consultants and organized by our Past-President (Sue Linja), Executive Director (Elaine Long) and our Public Policy Committee members Becky Sulik (PPC), Shawn Dunnagan (SRS), Wendy Rice (SRR) and Nancy Rush (SPR). The presenter’s to the committee(s) were the President (RoseAnna Holliday) and President-Elect (SeAnne Safaii). We would like to thank the Maryland Academy President (Jessica Kiel) and her team for the tremendous help in sharing resources, overall general messages and tone to set for the presentation(s). Maryland’s help was amazing and expressing our gratitude is beyond words. Our key learning’s were to: 1) Be an advocate for the financial and physical health of our state, rather than self serving, 2) Be familiar with how we fit into the Essential Health Benefits plan by understanding the Affordable Care Act and using the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, specifically the Grade B recommendations; 3) Collaborate and build relationships with key decision makers and legislators as well as other health care professionals; and, 4) Leverage resources and encourage passionate members to become involved.
Immediately following our presentation, several legislators approached us with questions, comments and ideas to move our agenda forward. In fact, we are writing a joint resolution and approaching several legislators to sign onto our resolution as a venue to begin a conversation and offer notoriety to the whole legislative body. While the legislature is currently moving fast in setting up the exchange and then approving funding, our expected outcome is that nutrition services by a licensed, registered dietitian will be part of and covered in the Essential Health Benefit package(s) offered in Idaho. Essentially, our strategy moving forward is a three-prong approach:
Meet with key players at the Idaho Insurance Commission;
Continue to build relationships in the Governor’s office with key players who are handling the exchange; and,
Obtain a seat at the table of the advisory group to the healthcare insurance exchange board.
We are indeed better together.
RoseAnna Holliday, PhD, MPH, RD, LD
President, Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Follow-up email in regards to the presentation….
From: Donovan Tom & Tamara
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2013 8:25 PM
To: RoseAnna B Holliday;
Subject: Thank You
SeAnne, Roseanna, and Sue,
Thank you for all the work you do on behalf of dietitians. The presentation at the Capitol yesterday was a wonderful mix of fact, humor, and humanity. It is important for our elected officials to put a face with the word “dietitian” and you represented us well.
I mentioned to Karen Raese that my husband works at the Department of Insurance and has been involved in the efforts to create a state based exchange. Karen suggested I let you know this. My husband, Tom, knows Tim Olsen and understands that Tim is in tune with the progress of creating a state based exchange.