Patients with obesity too often have a hard time getting effective care and treatment. This needs to change, but where do we begin? A good starting point is with the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA).
TROA is a bill introduced in Congress that has not yet passed. However, it has the potential to change obesity care across America – even though it directly affects patients with Medicare benefits. It is also a bipartisan bill with support from both major political parties.
Let’s take a closer look at TROA and why it needs your help to pass:
TROA = More Obesity Treatments
Typical advice for a patient with obesity is a lifestyle change. However, obesity isn’t that simple. In fact, it is quite a complicated disease. Food and exercise are not the only factors involved. This advice simply does not work for each patient, which is why other treatment options should be available.
TROA will give more benefits to Medicare patients so they have access to healthcare providers trained in different approaches: obesity screening, behavioral counseling, medications and more.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers
- Mental illness
- Type 2 diabetes
The U.S. spends billions of dollars each year to treat patients with these conditions. However, obesity is the root cause for many of them. We cannot continue to treat symptoms of a disease but not the disease itself. Patients will not truly make permanent changes to their health.
TROA will also help more than just those with Medicare benefits. Did you know that most insurance plans are modeled off of Medicare? It’s sort of like the “gold standard” in the insurance world. If TROA is passed, it will set an example for ALL insurance companies. This means we will be one step closer to improving obesity care for the more than 93 million adults in the U.S. who have obesity.
To learn more about TROA, CLICK HERE or view the PDF to the right.
Act Now to Help Pass TROA
Now is the perfect opportunity to support TROA and make a difference. Next week is National Obesity Care Week (NOCW)! This campaign (Sept. 15 – 21) will focus on improving access to care for patients with obesity. As a Founding Champion of NOCW, the OAC is asking you to help out: