TOS Leaders Hit Capitol Hill for Rolling Advocacy Program

On July 27, 2010, leadership from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Obesity Action Coalition joined TOS Advocacy Task Force Member Dr. Caroline Apovian and Executive Director Francesca Dea in a series of visits with key policymakers in Washington, DC. The purpose of the advocacy day was to push for inclusion of comprehensive obesity treatment services in the essential benefits package that is currently being developed for the new health plan exchanges mandated under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This ongoing advocacy effort is meant to introduce legislators and their staff to the leading advocates for TOS from around the country - working to establish TOS as the primary resource for Congress on research issues related to prevention and treatment of obesity. Through these efforts, TOS is also putting Congress on notice about the society's coordinated activities with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) to increase public awareness about weight bias and the negative consequences it can have for those affected.

In addition to meeting with Congressional staff from the offices of Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Representative Ron Kind (D-WI), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the OAC, ASMBS and TOS contingent sat down with key staff from the Obama Administration from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Surgeon General. The highlight of the day was a return trip to the White House to meet with staff in the First Lady's Office to again urge Mrs. Obama and the President to advocate for both prevention and treatment services when developing strategies for addressing our country's obesity epidemic.


Taking to the Hill

Joe Nadglowski, Georgeann Mallory, RD, Bruce Wolfe, MD, Caroline Apovian, MD, John Morton, MD

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