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May 2022 OCC Advocacy Report

Posted 5/4/2022

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative

TROA Reaches 160 Total Supporters

At the time of this report, the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act had reached 160 total congressional supporters with 18 Senators and 140 House Members cosponsoring the legislation that has been introduced by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Representative Ron Kind (D-WI). OCAN members continue to meet with members of Congress and are hopeful that more legislators will cosponsor TROA — especially in…

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May 2022 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 5/4/2022

In this issue: LEAD Award Announcement, Countdown to ASMBS Annual Meeting – Registration and Hotel Information, Patient Seminar Presentation, ASMBS Elections, and Bariatric Nursing Practice Analysis Survey 2022.

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April 2022 OCC Advocacy Report

Posted 4/1/2022

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative

OPM Issues Guidance Supporting FEHB Program Coverage of Obesity Care

In a February 17, 2022 carrier letter and a subsequent March 16, 2022 technical guidance letter , the Federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) spelled out specific guidance for health insurance carriers that administer Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) plans — "clarifying that FEHB Carriers are not allowed to exclude anti-obesity medications from coverage based on a benefit…

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April 2022 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 3/29/2022

1. Presidential Messages

Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS and Nate Sann, MSN FNP-BC deliver their monthly Presidential Video Message. Hear about the current state of the Society and upcoming events. 

ASMBS Presidential Message ASMBS’s Got Talent MBSAQIP Letter About Price Increase ASMBS 2022 Annual Meeting ASMBS Integrated Health Presidential Message Email Suggested Expert in the Cancer Specialty ASMBS Foundation LEAD Nominations Ends 4/8/2022 Upcoming Webinars Bariatric Nursing Practice Analysis Survey 2022 ASMBS 2022 Annual Meeting 2….

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March 2022 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 3/5/2022

In this issue: Focus Practice Designation Review Course, Research Grant Award, CBN Committee, Bariatric Nursing Practice Analysis Survey, OCC

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March 2022 OCC Advocacy Report

Posted 3/1/2022

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative

Advocates Virtually Swarm Capitol Hill in Support of TROA

During Obesity Care Week (OCW), advocates from both inside and outside of the obesity community participated in roughly 100 congressional visits — urging House and Senate offices to support passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). The OCW advocacy push came as TROA passed the critical milestone of 150 total supporters in the House and Senate! Please…

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February 2022 OCC Advocacy Report

Posted 1/28/2022

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative

Dr. Angela Fitch Joins HHS Listening Session on Obesity On January 27th, Obesity Medicine Association President-Elect and Obesity Action Coalition Board Member Dr. Angela Fitch joined other stakeholder groups for a roundtable “listening session” with HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. The event, which was coordinated through the Secretary’s office, focused on obesity and nutrition. Dr. Fitch joined representatives from other stakeholder groups, including Trust for America’s Health,…

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January 2022 Top 5 on the 5th

Posted 1/4/2022

In this issue: Focus Practice Designation Review Course Featured, the ASMBS Leadership Academy is announced, and a call to become a meeting Social Media Ambassador.

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