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100+ members of Congress request passage of Treat and Reduce Obesity Act on 50th anniversary of Medicare

from Contributed by The Obesity Action Coalition

The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) of 2015 (HR 2404 and S 1509) continues to gain momentum with 101 members of the House of Representatives and 10 members of the Senate co-sponsoring this important legislation. The Act, originally introduced by Representatives Paulsen (R-MN); and Kind (D-WI); and Senators Carper (D-DE) and Cassidy (R-LA), aims to provide Medicare beneficiaries with additional treatment tools to help individuals address their overweight and obesity.

"We are very excited to have more than 100 legislators supporting The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015," said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO, representative of the TRO Coalition. "Each day we're learning more and more that obesity is a complex, multifactorial disease requiring a comprehensive all of the above treatment plan. Having this level of support truly demonstrates the importance of this legislation on a national level."

TROA would provide CMS with the authority to expand the existing Medicare benefit for intensive behavioral counseling by allowing additional types of healthcare providers to offer these services. It would also lift the decades-old Medicare Part D coverage exclusion of FDA-approved prescription drugs for chronic weight management, which would give individuals a full range of treatment options for the disease. more

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