Posts Tagged ‘health insurance’

Wellness Penalty/Incentives Lose Again in Court

December 23, 2017 — They’re dead for now. Those godawful coercive wellness programs will be illegal on January 1, 2019, thanks to a new court ruling this week. A judge finally threw out EEOC rules that allowed companies to impose big penalties on employees who don’t step on the scale and lose weight. Some employers called them incentives. But […]

The Ethical Dead End of Personal Responsibility

December 22, 2017 — On the subject of obesity, one way or another, it takes only seconds. Almost always, the subject of personal responsibility will claim its central role. To some people, it’s even a key tool for allocating scarce medical resources. But with a new paper in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Sven Ove Hansson helps us […]

Obesity? Come Back and See Us When You Have Diabetes

November 22, 2017 — We have a long climb ahead of us. A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity this week makes it clear. Health plans still are not taking obesity care seriously. A careful analysis of coverage for obesity drugs documents what we’ve known for some time. Coverage is spotty at best. Health plans seem […]

When a Wellness Program Is Unwell

November 7, 2017 — Wellness is certainly a noble pursuit. Plenty of companies are genuinely interested in promoting the wellbeing of their workforce. And in the eight billion dollar wellness industry, some of the vendors are quite scrupulous about selling well-designed programs. But not all. Our friend Al Lewis began a series yesterday to remind us how wellness program […]

Ten Reflections from ObesityWeek 2017

November 4, 2017 — ObesityWeek 2017 is finished. It’s been an intense week with some of the smartest people in the world, dealing with the subject of obesity. Most people don’t really want to think deeply about it. But these people devote their careers to it. So what can we take home. Here are ten ideas that floated to […]

How Will Health Policy Angst Affect Obesity Care?

November 2, 2017 — Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have come and gone this year. They may come again. But for now, seven years after passage of the Affordable Care Act, the direct impact on obesity care has been hard to see. At the ObesityWeek advocacy forum Wednesday, you could hear just about any perspective you wanted. The […]

U.S. and Canada: Confusion on Obesity Care Coverage

October 31, 2017 — For a long time now, Canadians have taken pride in their system of universal healthcare. In the U.S., more people than ever before now have health insurance. But a new study presented at ObesityWeek 2017 shows that one thing hasn’t improved in either country. Obesity care coverage  remains poor in both countries. Both in the […]

Health Plan Enrollment: Time to Ask About Obesity Care

October 15, 2017 — Health plan enrollment season has rolled around again. Maybe the brochures from your HR department are coming your way. Or perhaps you’ve noticed that our president is fiddling with the framework for health plans. Whatever grabbed your attention, it’s a good time to take a look at your options. What will you be getting for your […]

Wavering on Insurance Protections for Medical Conditions

September 25, 2017 — On Sunday, President Trump boiled down the debate on repealing health insurance protections in the Affordable Care Act: I don’t know what they’re doing, but you know what? Eventually we’ll win, whether it’s now or later. Most people probably share his uncertainty. It’s pretty hard to know what they’re up to. But right now it’s […]

The Vague Paternalism of Medicare Obesity Coverage

August 31, 2017 — “At the end of the day, what we’d like to see is fewer obese people in the Medicare population about which we have to have these conversations.” Those striking words came Aloysius Cuyjet, MD, MPH. They came after he chaired more than five hours of evidence review at Medicare’s advisory committee on evidence and coverage […]