Add personal training to the affordable care act as a preventative service

Add personal training to the affordable care act as a preventative service

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Demetrius Moore started this petition to Florida State Senate and

 

We, the undersigned, support the addition of personal training to preventative care services as recognized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We, therefore, call on our Congressional leaders to:

1.Add personal training to the list of preventative care services available to policy holders under the ACA at no additional cost, or

2.Add personal training to the list of preventative care services available to policy holders under the ACA at partial cost.
Background

Signed into law in March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was designed to reduce the cost of health insurance coverage for people who qualify. The Act mandates that all ACA-compliant health insurance plans cover specific “essential health benefits” to include preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management. In addition, the ACA requires most insurance plans to cover, at no cost to policyholders, a list of preventive services such as checkups, patient counseling, immunizations, and numerous health tests and screenings. However, the breadth of preventative service is still unclear.

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes that about one in two adults live with a chronic disease, and that physical activity prevents chronic disease. The CDC also recognizes that getting enough physical activity could prevent one in ten premature deaths; one in eight cases of breast and colorectal cancer; one in twelve cases of diabetes; and one in fifteen cases of heart disease.  Despite the CDC’s findings, the United States takes 46th place on the list of the most inactive nations in the world. In 2019, 26.8% of adults were inactive, and in 2018, only 23.2% of adults in the United States met the recommendations for weekly physical activity. Most notably, lack of proper exercise accounts for about $117 billion in health costs per annum for the United States government.  

Individuals admit that they would exercise more with the assistance of a personal trainer. A study shows Individuals admit that they would exercise more with the assistance of a personal trainer. Another study shows “People who get direct supervision during resistance training have greater gains for both lower-and upper-body muscles, primarily due to the higher training intensity that comes with working out with a personal trainer”. Cambridge dictionary defines a personal trainer as “someone whose job is to help you become stronger and healthier by deciding which exercises you should do and showing you how to do them.”

Essentially, personal trainers offer motivation and education about exercise routines. If working alongside a medical professional, a personal trainer can help develop an individualized exercise regimen to target chronic disease. Therefore, a personal trainer should have a role in the preventative care profession and service. Adding personal training to the ACA’s list of preventative care services makes personal training an affordable, attractive, effective, and sustainable option for combating chronic illness at a larger and faster scale.

"Sources"

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/personal-trainer

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19661830/

https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/pdf/infographics/physical-activity-H.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/about-physical-activity/why-it-matters.html

https://www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-adults/

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