HHS Announces Revised Medicare Obesity Coverage Policy: Policy Opens Door to Coverage Based on Evidence

July 15, 2004

Source: United States Department of Health and Human Services A revision in policy from HHS' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) removes language in the Medicare Coverage Issues Manual stating that obesity is not an illness. This step allows members of the public to request that Medicare review medical evidence to determine whether specific treatments related to obesity would be covered by Medicare.