Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013
Obesity in America

In 2010, the Congressional Budget Office released a report that showed obesity rates among Americans had more than doubled from 13 to 28 percent from 1987 to 2007. Since then, obesity rates have grown measurably worse with nearly 70 percent of Americans affected by excess weight or obesity, and 42 percent of Americans projected to become affected by obesity by 2030.  In addition, healthcare costs related to obesity reach nearly $200 billion each year. With a majority of Americans affected by excess weight or obesity and at risk for chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity has become a healthcare and financial epidemic requiring access to a full range of safe and effective treatment options.

About the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013

On June 19, 2013, U.S. Senators, Tom Carper (D-DE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and U.S. Representatives, Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Ron Kind (D-WI), introduced legislation to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to an array of approved obesity prevention and treatment tools.

The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act provides 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. The bill also requires the Health and Human Services Department to develop and implement a comprehensive new research and outreach plan to combat the obesity epidemic.

View the Bill

To view the Senate version of the bill, please click here.
To view the House version of the bill, please click here.

Call-to-Action

The OAC needs YOU to voice your support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013. Contact your legislator today through the OAC’s Legislative Action Center and encourage your legislator to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013. This legislation will be crucial in combating the obesity epidemic, and it will ensure millions of Americans access to safe and effective treatment options for excess weight and obesity. Show your support today!

Supporting Organizations

The Obesity Action Coalition, along with the following organizations proudly support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013:

      • The Obesity Society
      • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
      • American Society of Bariatric Physicians
      • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
      • OA Action Alliance
      • Arthritis Foundation
      • Shape Up America!TM
For the Media

Interviews
For more information regarding the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013, please contact the following legislative offices:

Senate Sponsors:

Senator Carper (D-DE): 202-224-2441
Communications Director: Emily Spain: emily_spain@carper.senate.gov
Deputy Press Secretary: Ian Sams: ian_sams@carper.senate.gov
Health LA: Lynn Sha: lynn_sha@carper.senate.gov

Senator Murkowski (R-AK): 202-224-6665
Communications Director: Matt Felling: matthew_felling@murkowski.senate.gov
Health LA: Amanda Makki: Amanda_makki@murkowski.senate.gov

House Sponsors:

Representative Cassidy (R-LA): 202-225-3901
Press Secretary: John Cummins: jc@mail.house.gov
Health LA: Courtney Austin Lawrence: courtney.lawrence@mail.house.gov

Representative Kind (D-WI): 202-225-5506
Press Secretary: Peter Knudsen: peter.knudsen@mail.house.gov
Health LA: Travis Robey: travis.robey@mail.house.gov

House Original Cosponsors:

Representative Lance (R-NJ)

Representative Guthrie (R-KY)

Representative Blackburn (R-TN)

Representative Roskam (R-IL)

Delegate Christensen (D-Virgin Islands)

Representative Lujan (D-NM)

Rep. Blumenauer (D-OR)

Rep. Paulsen (R-MN)

Rep. Peters (D-CA)

General Media Inquiries on Obesity Community Support
If you are a member of the media and have general questions regarding the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013, please contact:

      • Mollie Turner
        Director of Communications
        The Obesity Society – Research. Education. Action.
        mturner@obesity.org
      • Heidi M. Gordon
        Director of Marketing & Communications
        American Society of Bariatric Physicians
        heidi@asbp.org 

Press Releases

Fact Sheets

Questions

If you would like more information or have any questions regarding the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013, please contact us at info@obesityaction.org.



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