Last week the obesity epidemic got a very positive shot in the arm for all Medicare recipients that have a BMI of 30 or greater. Purportedly there are upwards of 13 million Medicare recipients that fall into this category. In looking more closely at the details, Medicare is going to pay for counseling monthly for the first month. Then in months two through six, Medicare will cover visits for every other week. For those patients that successfully loose six and one half pounds or more in the first six months, (should be very achievable by the way) then Medicare will pay for monthly counseling sessions between months seven and twelve.
This is profound primarily because it’s the first glimpse at the thought of being proactive. It’s no secret that obesity is dangerous to one’s health and it’s encouraging to see signs that maybe the tides are turning with regard to offering help sooner rather than only in the case of there being a bull-blown health problem. Stay tuned for more about this important turn of events.
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