July 2018 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 7/13/2018

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On June 12, 2018, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) approved a resolution drafted by the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA), entitled “Removing Barriers to Obesity Treatment.” The OMA succeeded in their efforts because OMA delegates Dr. Ethan Lazarus and Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford lined up a number of supporting groups, including the Colorado delegation, the Minority Affairs Section, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American…

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June 2018 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 6/8/2018

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

At the time of this report, the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) was aggressively campaigning to secure support and passage for Resolution 201 (A-18), entitled “Removing Barriers to Obesity Treatment.” To date, the OMA has lined up a number of supporting groups, including the Colorado delegation, the Minority Affairs Section, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Endocrine Society, American College of…

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May 2018 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 5/11/2018

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On April 23, the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) submitted comments in response to the February 21, 2018 proposed regulations that the Trump Administration released regarding short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans.

According to the proposed regulations, the rule would amend the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance to include those offering a maximum coverage period of less than 12 months and that “this action is being taken to lengthen…

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April 2018 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 4/10/2018

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On March 19, 2018, fifteen members groups of the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) submitted a joint comment letter to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) regarding the Task Force’s February 20th draft recommendation statement on “Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults.”

Citing the critical need for a multidisciplinary treatment approach to obesity following diagnosis, OCAN urged the USPSTF to…

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December 2017 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 12/7/2017

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) leaders decided during their December face-to-face meeting that Tuesday, February 27, 2018 will be the date for OCAN’s second annual Advocacy Day. More than 120 OCAN members participated in the February 2017 Advocacy Day — visiting 150 congressional offices to encourage support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). To date, 143 members of Congress are supporting TROA.

Next year’s OCAN Advocacy…

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November 2017 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 11/13/2017

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

From Monday – Friday, October 30 – November 3, 2017, Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) advocates took to Capitol Hill to educate Congress about the goals of National Obesity Care Week (NOCW). That we as a country must change the way we care about obesity by elevating societal awareness of the disease of obesity, those affected by it, its science-based treatments and weight bias. These efforts pushed the…

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October 2015 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 11/17/2015

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On Friday, Oct. 23, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued a FAQ, which advises against coverage exclusions for weight management as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The effort is a win for obesity treatment coverage, resulting from efforts by the Obesity Care Continuum and our partners.

The question related to weight management is as follows:

Q6: My non-grandfathered group health plan…

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September 2015 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 9/1/2015

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

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…

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August 2015 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 8/7/2015

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

OCC groups continue to lobby on behalf of the the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2015 (S.1509/HR 2404). At the time of this report, the legislation had surpassed a major milestone on the House side as now more than 100 House members have cosponsored the bill. There are currently 10 cosponsors on the Senate side.

Sponsors of the legislation are currently drafting a letter to the Congressional…

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July 2015 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 7/28/2015

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On June 22, 2015, the Obesity Care Continuum provided comments in response to the May 22, 2015 Senate Finance Committee Chronic Disease Working Group letter to Stakeholders requesting feedback on possible solutions to improve outcomes for Medicare patients requiring chronic care.

On June 19, 2015, the OCC submitted comments in response to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed rule regarding amendments to regulations governing employer wellness programs…

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