In recent months, a clear connection has emerged between obesity and COVID-19 severity. Obesity and its related conditions, such as diabetes and sleep apnea, can worsen symptoms of COVID-19 and lead to complications requiring hospitalization. Despite this fact, congressional leadership is failing to pass legislation that will improve access to obesity care.
Now more than ever, access to obesity treatments and services is crucial! In responding to COVID-19, the federal government must take steps to expand access to obesity care, one of which is passing the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). If passed, this critical legislation will give older Americans on Medicare greater access to diverse services, treatments, and providers and also open up the door for other public and private health plans to cover these services.
WHY IT’S URGENT: If the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act does not pass this year, the bill will need to be re-introduced in early 2021, and efforts to grow support must start over again. We cannot afford this given the current COVID-19 pandemic.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Take OAC Action by contacting your state’s elected officials and urging them to work with congressional leadership and the Trump Administration to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act!
With OAC’s easy-to-use automated message generator, you can quickly contact your state legislators and ask that they urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to include TROA’s policy provisions in the next COVID-19 relief package.