S. 1184: Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013

Jun 19, 2013
Referred to Committee
0% chance of being enacted
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Thomas Carper
Senior Senator from Delaware
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Jun 19, 2013
9 pages
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H.R. 2415 (Related)
Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 18, 2013


This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on June 19, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Jun 19, 2013
Referred to Committee Jun 19, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...

2% chance of getting past committee.
0% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to include information on the coverage of intensive behavioral therapy for obesity in the Medicare and You Handbook and to provide for the coordination of programs to prevent and treat obesity, and for other purposes.


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2 cosponsors (1D, 1R) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013 - Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to include information on the coverage of intensive behavioral therapy for obesity in the "Medicare and You Handbook."
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and implement a plan to coordinate the efforts of all HHS officers and agencies to treat, reduce, and prevent obesity and overweight in the adult population.
Authorizes the Secretary, in addition to qualified primary care physicians and other primary care practitioners, to cover intensive behavioral therapy for obesity furnished by:
(1) a physician who is not a qualified primary care physician;
(2) an evidence-based, community-based HHS-certified lifestyle counseling program; or
(3) any other appropriate health care provider (including a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, a clinical psychologist, and a registered dietitian or nutrition professional) upon referral from, and in coordination with, a physician or primary care practitioner in an office setting, a hospital outpatient department, or another HHS-specified setting.
Authorizes the Secretary to cover under Medicare part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program) medication for treatment of obesity or for being overweight for individuals with one or more comorbidities.

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