As Buzz Builds About Obesity Meds, Stubborn Coverage Gaps Remain
Although new treatments hold tremendous promise for addressing obesity and the myriad health issues associated with it, Medicare Part D is barred from covering them, and private insurers’ coverage is variable. And there are multiple barriers that will make fixing those coverage gaps challenging, health policy experts said during a recent panel discussion.
Perhaps the most headline-grabbing obesity treatment is semaglutide, which Novo Nordisk sells under the brands Ozempic (for Type II diabetes) and Wegovy (for weight loss). That drug has recently been the topic of a cascade of news articles discussing the drug’s ability to help patients shed stubborn pounds, side effects such as hair loss, and shortages faced by some diabetes patients due to semaglutide’s skyrocketing popularity.