Obesity Now a Disease, What Does that Mean for Insurance Plans?

Belly Fat Obesity

FOXBusiness Reuters The American Medical Association voted this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXlT978Uyss week to officially recognize obesity as a disease, which can change the way doctors treat the problem, and some Americans are wondering how the new designation might change their health insurance coverage. The AMA says obesity rates in the country have doubled among adults in the past 20 years and tripled among children in a single generation, according to FOXNews.com. The decision was made on Tuesday so the long-term impact has yet to be determined, but one large insurance provider doesnt expect it to have a big impact on plans costs or how obesity is covered. Julie Kessel, senior medical director for coverage policy with Cigna ( CI ), says the company already recognizes obesity as a chronic medical condition with complications and long-term impacts. If a patient goes to a primary-care physician for a regular check-up, and is identified as having obesity, that doctor will order tests to assess the persons risk as a result of obesity, Kessel says.

AMA declares obesity a disease

voted Tuesday to classify obesity as a disease, a decision that should prompt doctors to get more aggressive about helping patients maintain a healthy weight. (AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT / June 18, 2013) Also By Melissa Healy and Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times June 18, 2013, 9:43 p.m. The American Medical Assn. voted Tuesday to declare obesity a disease, a move that effectively defines 78 million American adults and 12 million children as having a medical condition requiring treatment. The nation’s leading physicians organization took the vote after debating whether the action would do more to help affected patients get useful treatment or would further stigmatize a condition with many causes and few easy fixes.

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