Clegg For Congress - Clegg's Bariatric Bill Becomes Law

Obesity related diseases will continue to be covered

Concord, NH - BobClegg's legislation to ensure obesity related diseases and ailments are coveredby insurance, including bariatric surgery, will become law in New Hampshire. After many months of discussion, and dedication from several members of the NewHampshire Legislature, the bill to require health insurance companies to cover the potentially life-saving procedure passed through the Governor's Office.

"We'd like to thank the Governor for his independence on this issue," Clegg said. "While there has been much misinformation, the Governor was willing to look at the issue and act accordingly. Letting the bill become law shows there is confidence in the legislature and the bipartisanship shown in the process this piece of legislation went through. This bill will reduce the cost of health insurance because it focuses on prevention of catastrophic diseases."

Clegg, who himself had the surgery, has successfully lost more than 100 pounds and seen much improved health since the procedure including a reduced risk from diabetes, lung, heart and other potential illnesses. Clegg had to pay for the surgery out of his own pocket, a luxury manyAmericans do not have. This legislation will now allow for a healthy and improved life for many obese people unable to previously receive the proper treatment.

State Representative Lee Quandt, of Exeter, sponsored the bill in the House and says this legislation will now allow for a healthy and improved life for many obese people unable to previously receive the proper treatment. "Most people suffering from obesity have exhausted all other options before looking to surgery for help. Yo-yoing, unsuccessful dieting can be as unhealthy for the body as the obesity itself. Now, those who have tried every other option, have a new one that can improve their lifestyles and potentially save their lives."