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. 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.” Thank you for your efforts!

Current Issues:

National Obesity Care Week 

ISSUE: During July 2016, Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Representatives Eric Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced Senate Res 536 and House Res. 840, respectively, which would proclaim the week of October 30 through November 5, 2016, 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, 2016

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.

Treat and Reduce Obesity Act

ISSUE: This legislation will provide Medicare recipients and their healthcare providers with meaningful tools to treat and reduce obesity by improving access to obesity screening and counseling services, and new prescription drugs for chronic weight management. Keep in mind that private insurance often follows the lead of Medicare so such coverage is important for all Americans. 

ASK: Urge Congress to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act

DEADLINE: Ongoing

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.

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

DEADLINE: Ongoing

ACTION ITEM: Sign Our Petition Urging the PEBTF to Provide Fair Coverage of Obesity Treatment Services such as Bariatric Surgery

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

DEADLINE: Ongoing

ACTION ITEM: Sign Our Petition Urging Fair Coverage of Obesity Treatment Services

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the above issues or if you would like more information on the OAC’s advocacy efforts, please email info@obesityaction.org.



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