US Medicare opens door to covering obesity treatments

Gregoire, Lisa
September 2004
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;9/28/2004, Vol. 171 Issue 7, p717
Academic Journal
Reports on the removal of a clause from the "Medicare Coverage Issues Manual" published by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department in July 2004, which stated obesity is not an illness, a move that could provide obesity treatments to Medicare beneficiaries. Statement from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesperson Katherine Tillman on the move; Increase in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health for obesity research in 2005; Agreement of Dr. Richard Atkinson, co-founder of the American Obesity Association, to the decision to declare obesity a disease.


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