Posted 9/1/2015

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

ASMBS President-Elect Meets with First Lady’s Office regarding the Let’s Move Campaign

During August, ASMBS President-Elect Dr. Raul Rosenthal joined with other leaders from the obesity community in meeting with Debra Eschmeyer, Executive Director of the Let’s Move campaign and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Office of the First Lady. Other obesity advocates included OAC Board Chair Ted Kyle and OAC President Joe Nadglowski, TOS President Penny Gordon Larsen and TOS Executive Director Francesca Dea and AND Vice President of Policy Initiatives and Advocacy Jeanne Blankenship.

Eschmeyer updated obesity advocates on the short-term priorities of the First Lady including the implementation of Food and Drug Administration labeling regarding added sugars and the passage of the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization which regulates school lunches. The obesity advocates urged the Let’s Move campaign and the First Lady to move beyond just prevention and expand focus to include treatment for those children with obesity. In addition, each of the organizations updated Eschmeyer on organization priorities and shared upcoming events like the “It Starts Now” film contest, the Walk from Obesity and the “United We Step” Pedometer Challenge.

CMS Posts State EHB Benchmark Plans for 2017

In late August, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted information on the essential health benefits (EHB) benchmark plans for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for plan year 2017. This information includes a summary of the plan’s coverage of certain benefits that appear on the Plans & Benefits Template, including a list of covered prescription drug categories and classes; and supporting plan documents that provide detail regarding all plan coverage, limits, and exclusions.

Please click on the following link to view the proposed 2017 EHB benchmark plans for the 50 states and D.C. https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Data-Resources/ehb.html#

CMS will be accepting public comments until11:59 p.m. EDT on September 30, 2015 via FFEcomments@cms.hhs.gov with the state clearly identified in the subject line (e.g., “Maryland 2017 Benchmark Plan Comments”). HHS will review all comments and then post the list of final 2017 EHB benchmark plans.

The Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) will be submitting formal comments regarding the 2017 benchmark plans. Please see next month’s newsletter for the text of the final OCC comments.