Improving Coverage for Obesity Treatment
November 29, 2012 — The recent approval of two new obesity medications was good news for patients with obesity, but scant health insurance reimbursement of the products has limited physician prescribing and patient use. The news that Aetna, the third largest U.S. insurer, will provide coverage for these drugs marks another important step forward.
With Aetna’s new coverage, the pieces of the health insurance puzzle are falling into place for patients, health care providers, and for makers of drugs to treat obesity. Insurance coverage for these drugs is a strong step forward for obesity treatment that will also provide stability in the investment climate for new obesity medications.