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Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2019

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A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the coordination of programs to prevent and treat obesity, and for other purposes.


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Date
02/28/2019Introduced in Senate

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Date
02/28/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
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Senate Finance02/28/2019 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (02/28/2019)

Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2019

This bill expands Medicare coverage of intensive behavioral therapy for obesity. Specifically, the bill allows coverage for therapy that is provided by (1) a physician who is not a primary care physician; or (2) other health care providers (e.g., physician assistants and nurse practitioners) and approved counseling programs, if provided upon a referral from, and in coordination with, a physician or primary care practitioner. Currently, such therapy is covered only if provided by a primary care practitioner.

The bill also allows coverage under Medicare's prescription drug benefit of drugs used for the treatment of obesity or for weight loss management for individuals who are overweight.