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November 2018 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 11/5/2018

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October 2018 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 10/5/2018

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September/October 2018 ASMBS Advocacy Report

Posted 10/4/2018

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On September 27, 2018, more than 60 obesity advocates descended on Capitol Hill as part of the Obesity Care Advocacy Network’s (OCAN) Fall Advocacy Day. The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) served as the host organization for the Day on the Hill as OMA provided the majority of advocates who were already in Washington, DC for the association’s Overcoming Obesity 2018 Conference.

In total, OCAN advocates visited 55 Senate…

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August 2018 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 8/5/2018

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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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