This bill would allow Medicare to cover additional obesity treatments such as behavioral therapy or FDA-approved prescription drugs for chronic weight management. It would broaden the types of healthcare providers who can offer behavioral therapy beyond primary care physicians to include non-primary care physicians, clinical psychologists or nutrition professionals, or a community-based lifestyle counseling program. Medicare Part D would cover obesity medication beginning two years after this legislation’s enactment.
Within one year of the bill’s enactment and every two years thereafter, the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) would report to Congress on steps taken to implement this bill, including recommendations for better coordination of federal support for clinical care.