The OAC is thrilled to share that the 2019 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) has gained the support of more than 100 legislators in the House of Representatives! A total number of 112 Representatives are now co-sponsoring this important legislation that will make a difference in obesity care. This is the fastest that TROA has ever reached the 100 milestone in years past!
To see what representatives are co-sponsoring the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, CLICK HERE.
What is TROA?
If you don’t know about TROA, it’s a piece of legislation currently trying to be passed through Congress that will give Medicare beneficiaries additional tools for managing their weight and treating obesity. The bill will:
- Expand benefits to include intensive behavioral counseling by allowing additional types of healthcare providers to offer these services
- Expand coverage to include FDA-approved prescription drugs for chronic weight management
“We continue to see great momentum with TROA in 2019. More than 93 million adult Americans are living with the disease of obesity. Legislation such as TROA is vitally important to Medicare recipients, as it will provide both healthcare professionals and patients with science-based treatments to address obesity,” said Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO.
But 100 Isn’t Enough… Help Us Reach More Legislators!
Reaching this 100 milestone is cause for celebration because it means more lawmakers are beginning to take obesity treatment seriously. However, the majority of legislators in Congress need to support TROA before this bill can reach the Floor to be voted on. We need you to make that happen!
How to Support TROA:
Using the OAC Action Center, determine if YOUR state legislators are co-sponsoring the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). If they are, use the OAC’s automated message generator to thank them for their support! If they are not, use the same automated message generator to write your state legislators a letter asking them to co-sponsor this important bill. You can also customize your letter to share your personal story and explain why you care about this bill and why it’s important to you for it to be passed. Adding your voice to your letter will set you apart!