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Landmark obesity legislation reintroduced in Congress


The AGA Government Affairs Committee is pleased to announce that the Senate and House have reintroduced the bipartisan Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) (H.R. 4818/S. 2407). This legislation is a vital first step in expanding access to obesity treatment as it would expand Medicare coverage to include screening and treatment of obesity by a diverse range of 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 because many private insurance companies model their covered health benefits to reflect Medicare.

You can help lawmakers understand the urgent need for expanded access to affordable, effective obesity treatments and how greater access to these tools will equip you to better care for your patients.

Use the new obesity advocacy toolkit to find the tools and resources you need, including an email template, sample phone script, op-ed template, and more, to assist you in reaching out to your elected officials and urging them to support the passage of TROA.

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Landmark obesity legislation reintroduced in Congress