Treat and Reduce Obesity Act

TROA FAQ

What is TROA?

TROA is an acronym for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2021. It is a bi-partisan bill that was reintroduced into the 117th Congress by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in the Senate and Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Tom Reed (R-NY), Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2) in the House, respectively. This bill would expand Medicare coverage to include screening and treatment of obesity from a diverse range of healthcare providers who specialize in obesity care. The bill would also include coverage of FDA-approved medications for chronic weight management.

When was TROA first introduced?

TROA was first introduced during the 113th Congressional session in 2013. It is a bill that has received support from both Republicans and Democrats. The bill was re-introduced in every subsequent Congress since the 113th.

Has TROA been introduced in the current Congressional session?

The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, or TROA, was reintroduced into the 117th Congress by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in the Senate and Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Tom Reed (R-NY), Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH-2) in the House, respectively. Now, it’s time to strengthen the bill’s Congressional support and urge legislators to co-sponsor TROA and push for the final passage of the legislation.

Why is TROA important?

TROA is an important piece of legislation for all Americans. It will provide more treatment options such as FDA-approved medication coverage for obesity to Medicare recipients.

Who will benefit from TROA?

Medicare recipients will be the ones directly benefitting from this bill, but all Americans could benefit as health insurance companies traditionally model their coverage plans after Medicare.

Will I benefit from TROA?

In one form or another, all Americans will benefit from this bill as better access to healthcare allows for better living for all. Even if you are not a Medicare recipient, changes to insurance coverage plans that follow the Medicare changes can benefit you.  If you or a loved one suffer from obesity, insurance coverage that includes specialized treatment and FDA-approved medications for chronic weight management can allow for better access to healthcare and improved health.

Where can I learn more about TROA?

Additional information about TROA can be found at ObesityAction.org/TROA.

Why should I support TROA?

Showing support for this bill is not just showing support for broader Medicare coverage, but support for broader healthcare coverage for all. This is not a partisan issue or part of any other legislation. It is support for a better world for people living with obesity.

Can I find out if my Senators and Representative support TROA?

Yes! You can easily find out if your Senator or Representative supports the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act by completing the form at the bottom of the page at: ObesityAction.org/TROA.

How can I help with the passage of TROA?

You can visit ObesityAction.org/TROA and complete the Take Action form found at the bottom of the page. Once you complete the form you will be able to send emails to your representatives in Congress urging them to support TROA and become a cosponsor.

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