Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015

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 2015

On May 18, 2015, U.S. Representatives, Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI), reintroduced 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.

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

Supporting Organizations

The Obesity Action Coalition, along with the following organizations proudly support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015:

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