The federal Medicare program yesterday abandoned a long-standing policy that obesity is not a disease, removing what has been a major roadblock for many people trying to get treatment for the burgeoning health problem.
After years of review, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which runs the health program for the elderly and disabled, announced it was dropping language that had led the agency to routinely deny coverage for a host of weight-loss therapies.
Read Newsday's whole story here.
Needless to say, this really redefines the expansion of government healthcare. Where does Whoopi Goldberg sign up?