State lawmakers who have an interest in insurance say consumers should have more access to weight-control benefits.
Members of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), a voluntary professional group for state lawmakers, voted recently, at their summer meeting in Indianapolis, to approve a resolution backing efforts to expand health plan weight-control benefits.
Rep. Marcus Hunter, La., sponsored the resolution.
“The passage of this resolution demonstrates the legislative awareness that obesity is a disease having the latent effect of reducing worker productivity and increasing medical costs,” Hunter said in a statement about passage of the resolution.
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) calls for each state to shape individual and small-group benefits by choosing a typical plan to serve as a “benchmark” plan, or model for the PPACA exchange major medical plans sold in the state. Even many states that have turned their exchange programs over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) HealthCare.gov system pick benchmark plans.