A Message from OAC President/CEO:
The Time for Passing the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act is Now
Next week is a crucial week for OAC and other obesity patient advocates. In a dash to get critical obesity legislation passed in Congress, we’re making virtual visits to Capitol Hill, where we will be urging representatives in Washington, DC, to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA).
Not Familiar with TROA?
OAC has been pushing for TROA since it was first introduced to Congress in 2013. TROA is a critical piece of legislation that will expand access to various obesity healthcare treatments and services for Medicare beneficiaries. For more information about TROA, click Here and Here.
Even more urgent is the fact that TROA is on a time crunch to pass by the end of 2020, which is why your help is needed! As the busyness of election season settles in, TROA needs the attention it deserves. Now more than ever, access to obesity healthcare cannot be overlooked – especially during a time when the link between obesity and COVID-19 severity is more apparent than ever.
Why Does COVID-19 Matter to Obesity?
Click Here to see a recent article explaining why COVID-19 is more deadly in people with obesity. This article also features a patient perspective from OAC Vice-Chair Patty Nece, JD.
Act Now: What You Can Do:
Click here to take on this issue using the OAC Action Center. Our Action Center lets you quickly and easily send a pre-written letter as well as social media messages to your representatives in Washington, DC, urging them to support passing the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act.
OAC Action Tips for Success:
- Make your letter to your representatives more effective by including your personal experiences with obesity or access to obesity care.
- Spread the word! Share this effort on social media and with people you know.
- Add to the conversation about obesity by sharing your own story to Weight of the World – an OAC platform for sharing personal stories about obesity that support, inspire, educate, motivate, encourage, and offer a space for self-expression.