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Comment on: Medicaid expansion: the impact of health policy on bariatric surgery

Published:October 11, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soard.2022.10.007
      It was with great interest that I read “Medicaid expansion: the impact of health policy on bariatric surgery,” by Theresa Jackson et al. [

      Jackson T, Grinberg G, Khorgami Z, Shiraga S, Yenumula P. Medicaid expansion: the impact of health policy on bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. Epub 2022 Sep 6.

      ]. We are all aware of the extensive and pervasive nature of obesity in this country [
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
      [Internet]. Bethesda, MD: The Centers.
      ]. We are all equally aware that bariatric surgery is safe, effective, and underutilized [
      American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) [Internet]. Newberry, FL: The Society.
      ]. Additionally, many have recognized early that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the greatest U.S. health policy initiative of the 21st century [
      • Morton J.
      Affordable Care Act and bariatric surgery.
      ]. Under the presidential leadership efforts of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in 2014–2015, many initiatives to improve access to bariatric surgery were undertaken, including creation of state chapters in all 50 states, a Political Action Committee (ObesityPAC), and direct advocacy in state and national capitols [
      • Jannah N.
      • Hild J.
      • Gallagher C.
      • Dietz W.
      Coverage for obesity prevention and treatment services: analysis of Medicaid and state employee health insurance programs.
      ,

      Chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://asmbs.org/app/uploads/2016/02/2015_AnnualReport_rev09.pdf, accessed 9/2022

      ,

      American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) [Internet]. Newberry, FL: The Society; [cited 2022 Sep XX]. About ObesityPAC; [about 3 screens]. Available from: https://asmbs.org/obesitypac.

      ].
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