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
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 within one year and every two years afterwards, the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make recommendations to Congress to combat the obesity epidemic. The OAC applauds Senators Carper (D-DE); Cassidy (R-LA); Coons (D-DE), Grassley (R-IA) Heinrich (D-NM); and Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Kind (D-WI); and Paulsen (R-MN) for introducing the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015. The House version was introduced on 5/18/2015 and the Senate version on 6/04/15.
We Need YOUR Voice!
Please urge both of your Senators as well as your House of Representatives member to cosponsor and support final passage of this important legislation. We strongly encourage you to include YOUR PERSONAL STORY into the content of the form message to help your legislators better understand the need for expanding access to these critical obesity treatment tools. If you wrote in support of the original 2013 bill, we ask that you please write again as this is a new Congress and the process to secure support for the legislation starts over.
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