Advocacy Articles

2013 – Time to Make Some Noise!
by Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant

Obesity Community Comments on State Exchange Benchmark Plan Selection for Determining Essential Health Benefits Package
by Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant

OAC Leads Major Coalition of Healthcare Groups in Calling on Policymakers to Treat Obesity with Respect
by Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant

Federal Government Signals Significant State Flexibility in Determining Essential Health Benefits – Will Your Obesity Treatment be Covered in the Reformed Healthcare System?
by Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant

Obama Administration Hosts Public Forums on Essential Health Benefits
by Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant

Advocating in Your Own Backyard
by Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant

The Importance of the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Package
by Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant

The Start of 2011 and OAC Advocacy Initiatives
by Chris Gallagher, OAC Policy Consultant

Political Climate Change
by Joe Nadglowski

OAC and those Affected Head to Capitol Hill
by Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO

Can Prevention Alone Solve the Obesity Epidemic?
by Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO

Healthcare Reform: How the Legislation Affects You
by Morgan Downey, JD

OAC Supports Congressional Effort to Designate the Month of September as “Childhood Obesity Awareness Month”

Strength in Numbers OAC Members Pressure PETA to Remove Offensive Billboard
by James Zervios, OAC Director of Communications

Healthcare Reform and How it May Impact Those Affected by Obesity
by Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO

Legislative Activity Centered around Nutrition: You Can Make a Difference Today

Calling All Advocates!
by Jim Fivecoat, OAC Chairman

You Might be an Advocate
by Pam Davis, RN, CBN, CCM

Q&A with New Hampshire Senator Robert “Bob” Clegg, R-Hudson
by James Zervios, OAC Director of Communications

OAC Members Visit Capitol Hill

OAC and Patients Bring National Attention to Discriminatory Mississippi House Bill 282

What is being done about the rising childhood obesity epidemic?

Medicare and Bariatric Surgery: Are We Better off Today?

Taking Action
by Jeff Haaga

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Rescinds IQ Testing Requirement for Those Seeking Weight-Loss Surgery

Obesity and Stigma

The Importance of Post-Treatment Patient Advocacy

Medicare National Coverage Decision and its Effect on Patients

Medicare National Coverage Decision – Frequently Asked Questions about Medicare’s New Rules Regarding Obesity Surgery and Why the Rules are Causing Some Cancellations.

Medicare Releases Proposed New Rules for Weight-Loss Surgery

The Importance of Advocacy



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