OCAN on the Hill: Advocating for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act

On Tuesday, February 27, various OCAN leaders joined more than 80 individuals from 24 different states in attending the second annual OCAN Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to advocate for the passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA).

Once again, advocates urged legislators to support and cosponsor this key obesity care legislation which will provide Medicare beneficiaries and their healthcare providers with meaningful tools to treat obesity by:

  • Improving access to weight management counseling;
  • And allowing for coverage of FDA-approved therapeutics for chronic weight management

This year, OCAN leaders and other advocates visited 102 congressional offices and legislators who had never cosponsored the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act in the past. By the end of the day, a number of House members had indicated that they would be signing onto the legislation! The success of the OCAN Advocacy day is a true testament to the level of support gathered for such key obesity legislation, and even more so of the need for expanded access to healthcare that TROA would provide.

The day ended with a reception hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Political Action Committee (AND PAC) and the ASMBS Political Action Committee (ObesityPAC) to honor Representative Eric Paulsen (R-MN) – one of the House sponsors of TROA and the National Obesity Care Week Congressional Resolution.

To continue supporting TROA alongside OCAN leaders, contact your Senators and your House of Representatives member and urge them to support this key legislation by CLICKING HERE.