Today, two-thirds of U.S. adults and nearly one in three children struggle because they are overweight or have obesity.  The effects of the nation’s obesity epidemic are immense:  taxpayers, businesses, communities and individuals spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year due to obesity, including nearly $200 billion in medical costs.  Obesity is the reason that the current generation of youth is predicted to live a shorter life than their parents.  Much can be done to reverse the epidemic, yet important opportunities to tackle obesity at the national policy level -- including changes that enable more Americans to eat healthy and be active, as well as those that provide appropriate medical treatment for patients -- have gone largely unmet.  The Campaign works to fill this gap.  By bringing together leaders from across industry, academia and public health with policymakers and their advisors, the Campaign provides the information and guidance that decision-makers need to make policy changes that will reverse one of the nation’s costliest and most prevalent diseases.


Treating and Preventing Obesity- Lessons for the Government from the Private Market Place

This briefing will review the steps taken by the private insurance marketplace, highlight the gaps that exist between those services covered under private insurance and those covered under public plans, as well as identify any lessons the Federal Government can learn from the private payers.  From this, participants will discuss what, if any, policy proposals exist to address these gaps and shortcomings. Potential questions to be considered include:

- What is the private payer marketplace doing to combat the obesity epidemic in America?
-What is driving these coverage determination for the payer marketplace?
-What gaps exist between private and public insurance coverage for the treatment and prevention of obesity?
-How can policymakers address these gaps to ensure access to the full array of obesity prevention and treatment services?

CONCLUSION:  What lessons can policymakers learn from and help advance to improve the care, treatment, and prevention of obesity in America?




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