Urge Your Legislators to Support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act by Including its Policy Provisions in COVID-19 Relief
In recent months, a clear connection has emerged between obesity and COVID-19 severity. Many obesity-related conditions (such as diabetes and sleep apnea) can worsen symptoms of COVID-19 and lead to complications requiring hospitalization.
Now more than ever, access to obesity treatment is crucial! In responding to COVID-19, the federal government must take steps to expand access to obesity care, one of which is passing the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). If passed, this critical legislation will give older Americans on Medicare greater access to diverse services, treatments and providers.
What is the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act? Why is it Important?
TROA is an acronym for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. It is a bi-partisan bill first introduced during the 113th Congressional session in 2013. The bill has been re-introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) and Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Tom Reed (R-NY), respectively.
This bill would expand Medicare coverage to include screening and treatment of obesity from a diverse range of healthcare providers who specialize in obesity care. The bill would also include coverage of FDA-approved medications for chronic weight management. This bill is important to all Americans as health insurance companies model their covered health benefits to reflect coverage to Medicare beneficiaries. Meaning that it can lead to increased obesity care coverage to all Americans.
Urge Your Elected Officials to Support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act!
Take action by accessing the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) Action Center where you can use their automated message generator to quickly and easily contact your elected officials and ask that they include TROA’s policy provisions in the next COVID-19 relief package. OAC is a founding member of OCAN and is sharing its action center so all OCAN members can reach out to Congress on this critical issue!