Date: September 27, 2018
Today, dozens of OAC members and health advocates are taking the fight for improved access to obesity care to Capitol Hill. Their dedicated efforts are part of the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) Advocacy Day to raise congressional support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) legislation.
Updated on: 10/1/2018
We’re happy to share that Thursday’s Advocacy Day on September 27th was a roaring success! More than 60 individuals visited 54 Senate and 11 House Representatives that covered 38 different states. Altogether, TROA advocates visited the offices of more than 65 elected officials! OAC is proud of the amazing work our advocates are doing to improve access to obesity care across the country.
What is TROA?
If passed, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act will give older Americans with Medicare expanded access to meaningful obesity treatment tools. Specifically, these tools include behavioral weight-loss counseling and prescription medications for long-term weight management.
But if you’re not on Medicare, you may be thinking, “Well…what’s that got to do with me?” Though this legislation directly impacts Medicare beneficiaries, it indirectly impacts all of us. Many other private and employer-based insurance plans are often modeled off of matching Medicare coverage. This means that passing TROA is a critical step to improving access to valuable health services that could help millions of America struggling with obesity.
Support TROA from Home!
Even if you’re not on Capitol Hill, TROA still needs your support! We’ve made it easy for you to urge your very own state legislators to co-sponsor the final passage of this legislation.
Just visit OAC’s Action Center and get matched with the contact info of your state legislators. Then, use our automated message generator to send them a note which urges support for TROA. We encourage you to add your personal story for amplify the impact! #OACAction
Spread the Word
Efforts to pass TROA will continue through the end of the year. We still need your help to encourage others to support this critical obesity legislation! Take #OACAction by asking your friends, family, colleagues, co-workers and social media connections to join our efforts. Urge them to visit OAC’s Action Center where they can easily send state legislators an automated message asking them to support the passage of TROA.
When you’re done, snap a picture and or let us know you’ve taken #OACAction in your networks so we can share your advocacy and encourage others to do the same!