The Affordable Care Act requires coverage of obesity screening and counseling with no out-of-pocket costs to patients starting next year. However, many insurers are ahead of the curve and are already compliant with the requirement, and a number have long been involved with the fight against obesity. Telephone counseling, health coach services, group sessions that offer lifestyle advice, commercial diet plans, diet drugs and weight-loss surgery are among the options for coverage. The American Medical Association recently put the issue back in the spotlight when it voted to recognize obesity as a disease.
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