#GivingTuesdayNow | Give Your Time by Urging Support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act to Help with COVID-19
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It is a day for coming together and giving back in all sorts of ways, using the power of generosity to remain connected and heal.
The OAC is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow by asking our community to join us as we write our legislators and impress upon them the importance of and the need to pass TROA, especially during these times.
Importance of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
For people with serious chronic diseases, such as obesity, COVID-19 can pose unique challenges. The connection between obesity and COVID-19 severity is growing stronger. Obesity is associated with more than 50 health conditions that can worsen COVID-19’s effects on the body.
Now more than ever, access to obesity treatment is crucial. However, it’s not covered by many health plans. This is why we need the federal government to take steps that will expand access to obesity care, one of which includes passing the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) which will expand Medicare coverage to include:
- Screening and treatment of obesity from various types of healthcare providers specializing in obesity care
- Coverage of FDA-approved medications for chronic weight management