GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) June 18 marks the one year anniversary of the American Medical Association declaring obesity a disease. In the intervening year, however, federal policy hasn’t changed to allow Medicare Part D to cover obesity medicines for seniors who need them. They still must pay out-of-pocket if they are prescribed the medicines.
Former HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease believe Congress should pass the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, which would require Medicare to cover obesity medicines.
Thompson says we must treat obesity because it is a condition that leads to an array of other chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, asthma and some cancers.