Welcome to the OAC’s Legislative Action Center!
This center is an invaluable tool for helping OAC members and others access their elected officials on critical issues affecting prevention and treatment of obesity. In this Action Center, you will find Federal and State issues that need YOUR attention and action. Through the action center, it now only takes the amount of time to type in your name, address and zip code to influence the public policy process. Simply click “Take Action” to access the special message (which you may personalize), provide your home address, and hit send. You’re now an OAC “E-Advocate.”
Simply click on the below “Federal Issues” link to view any current Federal Issues or click on the “State Issues” link for any state-specific issues. Remember, even if a state issue is not in your state, you can still take action, advocate and share your personal journey!
Thank you for your efforts!
Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
ISSUE: The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) will provide Medicare beneficiaries and their healthcare providers with meaningful tools to reduce obesity by improving access to weight-loss counseling and new prescription medications for chronic weight management. While the legislation is focused on improving access to obesity treatments for Medicare beneficiaries, it is important to remember that often times private and employer based insurance plans base their coverage on matching Medicare coverage. Therefore, this legislation is important to all Americans.
ASK: Urge Congress to support the passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act.
DEADLINE: September 15, 2017
ACTION ITEM: Please urge both of your Senators as well as your House of Representatives member to cosponsor and support final passage of this important legislation.
National Obesity Care Week
ISSUE: In February, Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Representatives Eric Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced a Senate/House resolution, which would proclaim the week of October 29 through November 4, 2017, as National Obesity Care Week (NOCW). The goal of NOCW is to encourage all people in the United States to create a foundation of open communication to break barriers of misunderstanding and stigma regarding obesity and to improve the lives of all individuals affected by the disease of obesity.
ASK: Urge Congress to support the congressional resolution to establish National Obesity Care Week
DEADLINE: September 15, 2017
ACTION ITEM: Please urge both of your Senators as well as your House of Representatives member to cosponsor and support final passage of this important congressional resolution.
Obesity Doesn’t Discriminate
ISSUE: Obesity currently impacts more than two-thirds of Americans nationwide. While this is a significant part of the population, many individuals still find themselves severely limited when trying to access evidence-based obesity care options, such as obesity medications, bariatric surgery, behavioral therapy and more.
ASK: Urge Fair Coverage of Obesity Treatment Services
ACTION ITEM: Sign Our Petition Urging Fair Coverage of Obesity Treatment Services
Healthcare Reform for those Affected By Obesity
ISSUE: People with obesity and other health conditions need access to affordable, quality healthcare. The OAC is concerned about many provisions in the American Health Care Act that would erode some of the benefits and protections for those with obesity that were established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA also known as Obamacare). The bill passed by the House would potentially allow people with a pre-existing condition to be charged much higher premiums, let insurance plans cover fewer essential health benefits, as well as create risk pools that lead to higher costs, fewer benefits and waiting lists–rationing care for those who need it most.
ASK: We must make sure that those affected by obesity: have access to counseling, obesity drugs and bariatric surgery; are protected against unfair patient cost-sharing; and are treated the same as any other person suffering from a chronic disease.
DEADLINE: June 30, 2017
ACTION ITEM: Tell your Senators that any healthcare reform bill they pass must maintain key ACA patient protections surrounding pre-existing conditions, essential health benefits and preventive healthcare services.
Support Bariatric Surgery Coverage in Florida
ISSUE: Recently, the Florida Governor’s Diabetes Advisory Council released its 2017 Report, which among other things, recommended that the legislature require insurance carries in Florida to cover bariatric surgery for this with type 2 diabetes. Too often, such services are included from insurance regulated by the state of Florida.
ASK: Urge the Florida Legislature to adopt the recommendations of the Diabetes Advisory Council..
DEADLINE: September 15, 2017
ACTION ITEM: Floridians, please urge your legislators to implement the Diabetes Advisory Council recommendations.
Bariatric Surgery Coverage for Pennsylvania State Employees
ISSUE: Obesity currently impacts more than two-thirds of Americans nationwide – with Pennsylvania now having the 20th highest adult obesity rate in the nation at 30.2 percent. While this is a significant part of the population, many individuals still find themselves severely limited when trying to access evidence-based obesity care options, such as obesity medications, bariatric surgery, behavioral therapy and more. This is particularly true for Pennsylvania State employees as their state is one of only four in the country that continue to deny coverage for state employees in need of key obesity treatment services such as bariatric surgery.
ASK: Urge the Pennsylvania Employee Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF) to cover bariatric surgery
ACTION ITEM: Sign Our Petition Urging the PEBTF to Provide Fair Coverage of Obesity Treatment Services such as Bariatric Surgery.
If you have any questions regarding the above issues or if you would like more information on the OAC’s advocacy efforts, please email email@example.com.