Ready To Make A Difference?
Joining or volunteering with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) can be a rewarding way to contribute to the organization’s mission and support its efforts to improve the lives of those affected by obesity.
By joining ASMBS, individuals can become part of a community of professionals who share their commitment to advancing research, education, and advocacy in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Volunteering with ASMBS can provide opportunities to make a direct impact through initiatives such as patient support programs, public awareness campaigns, and advocacy efforts.
Additionally, volunteering with ASMBS can help individuals develop new skills, build their professional network, and gain a sense of fulfillment from contributing to a meaningful cause.
Advocate With Us!
There is a need for advocacy at multiple levels. Healthcare providers advocate for patients on almost a daily basis when they petition insurance companies to provide coverage for medications, services, diagnostic test and referrals to specialist.
Healthcare providers can also communicate with and educate regulatory and administrative bodies and personnel – institutionally, locally as well as at state and national levels to bring actions about that promote health and access to health care for at risk populations.
In 2013, AMA recognized obesity as a disease state with multiple pathophysiological aspects requiring a range of interventions to advance obesity treatment.
In 2017, AMA encourages the use of person-first language (patients with obesity, patients affected by obesity) in all discussions, resolutions and reports regarding obesity.
OCC Advocacy Report
In 2011, The Obesity Society (TOS), American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), and the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) joined forces with the Academy of Nutrition and Diabetes (AND) in founding the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC). With a combined membership of over 150.000 healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, and patient advocates, the OCC is dedicated to promoting access to, and coverage of the continuum of care surrounding the treatment for obesity.
Ron DeSantis (R)
Office of Governor Ron DeSantis
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0001
Office of Insurance Regulation
200 E. Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0305
Primary Advocate Targets
Secondary Legislation Targets
Senate Committee on Health Policy
Chair: Senator Colleen Burton
Vice Chair: Senator Jason Brodeur
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Senate VOIP 5824
House Health & Human Services
Chair: Representative Randy Fine
Vice Chair: Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
State Medical Board
Advocating before the State Medical Board
Framing Your Arguments
So now that you have a meeting set up with a policymaker, what do you say? Well, it depends on your audience. For example, if you’re meeting with a state legislator, you’ll likely be talking about a state House or Senate bill. If you’re sitting down with a Governor or State Insurance Commissioner, your focus is going to be on highlighting gaps in obesity treatment coverage and the societal and economic benefits of providing coverage for obesity treatment services.
For example, any draft talking points before a state policymaker could start with…
As an obesity medicine obesity specialist, I’m here today to ask you to support:
• House/Senate Bill XXX, which would provide coverage for anti-obesity medications (AOMs)
• access to care for intensive behavioral therapy and AOMs under the state employee health plan
• efforts to break down bias and hurdles to obesity care
Here are six ways foundations can support policy advocacy before and after the legislative process:
To further support your advocacy for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), you can access a variety of additional resources which provide valuable insights and tools to effectively promote the mission and initiatives of the ASMBS.
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