Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

Ten Expectations for 2017 in Obesity, Food, and Health

January 1, 2017 — The new year brings new expectations. Sure, we always have new diet, nutrition, and weight loss fashions. But, in thinking about obesity and health, we can also expect some more substantive changes. Here’s our top ten for 2017. 1. More “Less Added Sugar.” Already, the pressure to avoid sugar was on. Now, new labeling for added sugar will dial […]

27 States Flaunting ACA Ban on Healthcare Discrimination

November 23, 2015 — Five major medical groups have filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, charging 27 states with  healthcare discrimination that violates the Affordable Care Act. They cite denial of access to surgical care for obesity that discriminates against people based on pre-existing conditions, disabilities, and gender. All […]

No More General Exclusions for Obesity?

October 28, 2015 — Here’s a rare bolt of clarity from a government agency. The U.S. Department of Labor has just published a set of FAQs that includes a question about general exclusions for obesity in health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Are they permissible? The answer: No. Consistent with PHS Act section 2713, its implementing regulations, […]

Deflecting Cheap Shots

July 12, 2015 — Last Monday, we wrote about an article in the New York Times chock-full of cheap shots at people who devote their medical careers to caring for people living with obesity. We expected that most people would accept that biased reporting at face value and go right along with their faux scandal. We were wrong. The […]

Shifting Benchmarks to Cover Obesity Care

July 8, 2015 — One bit of encouraging news about access to evidence-based obesity care is coming out of Colorado. It relates to benchmarks for health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Colorado has just adopted a new benchmark, for 2017 and beyond, which will take it from requiring no obesity treatment services in health insurance plans to requiring that […]

OMG, They’re Paying Doctors to Deal with Obesity?!

July 6, 2015 — The New York Times describes a booming business in weight management because the Affordable Care Act has health insurance paying doctors to deal with obesity. Through anecdotes and interviews with people who have something to sell, they paint a vaguely disturbing picture of flourishing “for-profit diet clinics” that operate on “the fringe of the medical establishment.” […]

Access to Care Matters for Obesity and Diabetes

April 2, 2015 — We are constantly hearing about obesity and the growing burden of chronic diseases that come from it. So with more than a third of the U.S. population already affected by obesity, it makes sense that access to care to prevent or slow the progression of chronic diseases resulting from obesity is urgently needed. By the […]

Will Wellness Kill Obamacare?

December 19, 2014 — Will wellness kill Obamacare? Some observers are fretting that unless HR departments get to bypass concerns of the EEOC about discriminatory wellness programs, then “the whole point of the Affordable Care Act” will be subverted. The Business Roundtable — an organization of big business CEOs — is hopping mad that the EEOC has sued Honeywell because […]

Will the New Surgeon General Be an Obesity Activist?

December 18, 2014 — The new Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek Murthy, told the senators in his confirmation hearing that obesity will be a signature issue for his four-year term. The nature of the confirmation process  demands that a nominee say as little as possible. The nomination dragged on for a year mainly because he was on record prior to his nomination […]

Going to Walmart for Tube Socks and Healthcare

October 11, 2014 — If you have any doubt about how fast healthcare is changing, consider this: Walmart plans to be the number one healthcare provider in the industry. Earlier this year, Walmart opened a half-dozen of their own convenient care clinics in Texas and South Carolina stores. Six more are on their way to opening before the end of […]