Navigation Links
STOP Obesity Alliance Task Force urges HHS to give obesity equal weight in essential health benefits
Date:8/30/2011

"A major intent of the ACA is to control health care spending and increase access to necessary services for those who need it most," said Alliance Director Christine Ferguson, J.D. "With America's rising obesity rates leading to worsening health outcomes and equally alarming cost projections, leaving obesity unaddressed is both unsustainable and unacceptable."

At the core of the Task Force's recommendations is the tenet that obesity and weight-related interventions should receive the same consideration as any other health condition. The Task Force noted that while more research is needed, there are evidence-based obesity and obesity-related chronic disease prevention, treatment and management services available that could and should be covered as a way to stem the obesity epidemic.

Specifically, the recommendations propose that:

  • No obesity prevention, treatment or management services should be summarily excluded from the new essential health benefits package coverage requirements under the ACA;
  • All evidence-based preventive services be covered;
  • All preventive benefits be covered with no or reduced cost-sharing; and
  • All evidence-based treatments for obesity be covered with reasonable cost-sharing.

Federal, evidence-based recommendations underpin the Task Force's proposal to include obesity services in the EHB. The Task Force cites recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as part of the evidence base for including these services.

Obesity affects one-third of U.S. adults and is linked to increasing the risk of more than 20 chronic diseases and health conditions, including diabetes, that cause devastating consequences and increased mortality. "Including obesity-related services as part of the EHB has potential to improve the health of millions of Americans," said Ferguson, "especially those that are currently medically underserved and suffering from the greatest weight-related disease burden."


'/>"/>

Contact: Gina Mangiaracina
gmangiaracina@ccapr.com
202-609-6003
Chandler Chicco Agency
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Obesity Continues to Balloon in U.S. and U.K.: Study
2. Could a tumor suppressor also fight obesity?
3. Obesity Costing States Billion in Yearly Medical Expenses
4. Obesity Before Pregnancy May Raise Childs Asthma Risk
5. Positive impact of growing public awareness of obesity epidemic
6. Obesity Counseling Should Stress Brain, Not Willpower: Study
7. School obesity-prevention curriculum can reduce medical costs
8. Smoking, Diabetes, Obesity May Shrink Your Brain
9. Obesity counseling should focus on neurobehavioral processes, not personal choice, researchers say
10. WU studies obesity, cancer link with $9.2 million grant
11. Hutchinson Center receives $8.2M to coordinate obesity and cancer consortium
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Michael and Betsy Brauser ... Cancer Institute. For Betsy, the clinical trial has been life-saving as she has ... worsened. , Betsy Brauser was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. She underwent ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... “Mary Magdalene: Grace is ... life of the woman who witnessed Jesus Christ firsthand. “Mary Magdalene: Grace is Greater ... spent her career as an educator interacting with countless women who had little knowledge ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... a fine examination of how God handles sin, including how to let go of ... who, for over ten long years has been waiting to release this powerful insight about ... has been serving the Lord for over twenty years, and he has been preaching and ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... and enchanting tale that teaches children the true meaning of Christmas. “Journey to Christmas” is ... a devoted woman of faith. , “Becoming a parent changes you. In my case, ... for years, but actually doing it might have been a while in coming if it ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... , ... “God's Miracle Man: Against All Odds”: an inspiring affirmation of ... Keith C. A. Tucker, son of Minister Delores Pinnock and a Jamaican native who ... Hardy , “While sitting up in bed, I felt a pounding headache. It was ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... Report Details ... Alzheimer,s Disease Therapeutics and ... our new study reveals trends, R&D progress, and predicted ... the Alzheimer,s disease therapeutics and diagnostics market. Our new ... - How is the Alzheimer,s disease therapeutics and diagnostics ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , January 19, 2017 Incretin Mimetics/GLP-1 ... and Others The global anti-obesity drugs market ... first half of the forecast period and CAGR of 38.7% in ... to grow at a CAGR of 32.8% from 2016 to 2027. ... in 2021, and $24,063 million in 2027. ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... -- James Gilbart , ... 2):3-8; http://www.touchoncology.com/articles/optimising-clinical-outcomes-gastrointestinal-cancers-through-inhibiting-angiogenesis-and ...      ... in a supplement to European Oncology & Haematology ... by James Gilbart and Axel ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: