The AGA Government Affairs Committee is pleased to announce the Senate and House have reintroduced the bipartisan Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) (). This legislation is a vital first step in expanding access to obesity treatment. If passed, the bill would expand Medicare coverage to include screening and treatment of obesity by health care providers who provide obesity care. The bill also includes coverage of behavioral counseling, prescription drugs for long-term weight management, and other prevention and treatment options.
The passage of TROA could lead to improved obesity care options for all Americans since many private insurance companies model their covered health benefits to reflect Medicare.