Morgan Downey, STOP Alliance Policy Advisor, weighs in on where Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is today as it moves closer to the key date, October 1, 2013. What do you need to know? Individual mandate? State exchanges? Essential health benefits?
One of STOP’s core principles has long been that the work to end obesity cannot begin and end with personal responsibility. Obesity is a multi-factorial issue that requires initiatives on multiple levels and sectors of society.
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View Dr. Richard H. Carmona’s, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and the Alliance’s Health and Wellness Chairperson, letter of support for the Essential Health Benefits Task Force recommendations here.
By Morgan Downey, JD
Obesity is a major public health problem and is growing in prevalence and severity. Projections indicate continued growth with strong gender, race and ethnic differences. Morbid obesity is also increasing significantly. Many obstacles have persisted which have impeded effective public policies to address the issue. Health care reform presents unparalleled opportunities to change the approaches to obesity in a way to positively improve individual and public health. Simple solutions will not be adequate; rather, a complete integration of evidence-based interventions into the nation’s health care system is required. Costs will be significant, yet the costs of inaction will be greater. Recommendations are offered for the integration of obesity prevention and intervention measures.