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The Leanprint Bill Proposal

The Leanprint is dedicated to the health and well-being of our youth by focusing on their dietary and nutritional needs. In focusing on adolescents aged 13-18, we are able to replace bad habits that were formed as young children, and replace them with good habits creating a proper foundation to build off of going into adulthood.

The Leanprint

The Leanprint is dedicated to the health and well-being of our youth by focusing on their dietary and nutritional needs. In focusing on adolescents aged 13-18, we are able to replace bad habits that were formed as young children, and replace them with good habits creating

a proper foundation to build

off of going into adulthood.

Vote YES on The Leanprint

“Childhood obesity is a global phenomenon affecting all socio-economic groups, irrespective of age, sex or ethnicity” (Kumar & Raj 2010).

Raj, M., & Kumar, R. K. (2010). Obesity in children & adolescents. The Indian journal of medical research, 132(5), 598-607.

“The treatment of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents requires a multidisciplinary, multi-phase approach, which includes dietary management, physical activity enhancement, restriction of sedentary behaviour, pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery” (Kumar & Raj 2010).

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is a more than 59,000 member-strong 501(c)(3) National non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to the individual affected by the disease of obesity and helping individuals along their journey toward better health through education, advocacy and support. 

Our core focuses are to raise awareness and improve access to the prevention and treatment of obesity, provide evidence-based education on obesity and its treatments, fight to eliminate weight bias and discrimination, elevate the conversation of weight and its impact on health and offer a community of support for the individual affected.

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Connecticut to require health insurance coverage for bariatric and metabolic surgery.

We urge you to support Senate Bill (SB) 317, which has been introduced by Senator Eric Berthel (R-32). This legislation would amend Connecticut’s general statutes to require health insurance coverage for bariatric and metabolic surgery.

Sen. Eric C. Berthel (2019) SB 317: AN ACT REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR BARIATRIC AND METABOLIC SURGERY. Retrieved from:https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB317&which_year=2019

On behalf of the more than 61,000 national members, and 574 Connecticut-based members of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a National non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to the individual affected by the disease of obesity,

the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program issued formal guidance in 2014 which supported patient access to a full range of obesity treatment options, and warned FEHB plans that it’s no longer permissible to exclude treatment services on the basis that obesity is a “lifestyle” condition and not a medical one, or that obesity treatment is purely “cosmetic.

For these reasons, bariatric surgery is widely covered by Medicare, the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan, Tricare, nearly 90 percent of state employee plans, virtually every state Medicaid plan and the vast majority of large private health plans. Despite this broad coverage, many private and public health plans continue to use outdated policies regarding obesity that discriminate against patients – practices that have been called out by federal and state policymakers.

 

The citizens of Connecticut affected by obesity often find themselves targeted by weight bias and stigma in all areas of life, such as employment, education, healthcare and more. These individuals deserve access to these critical chronic disease treatment services. We urge you and your colleagues on the committee to support SB 317 and stand up for coverage of all medically necessary obesity treatment avenues and help these individuals improve their quality of life and health.

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