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How can you get your insurance to pay for weight loss surgery?

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To pay for weight loss surgery, most major insurance companies will require:

  • Proof that surgery or medical intervention is medically necessary
  • Participation in a physician-supervised diet program
  • A psychological evaluation
  • A nutritional evaluation

From: Paying for Weight Loss Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Anita Courcoulas, MD, MPH, chief of minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Insurance Coverage: A Patient's Guide."

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery" and "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice."

National Conference of State Legislatures: "Health Reform and Health Mandates for Obesity."

 

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on November 27, 2017

SOURCES:

Anita Courcoulas, MD, MPH, chief of minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Insurance Coverage: A Patient's Guide."

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: "Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery" and "Your Options in Weight Loss Surgery: Making the Choice."

National Conference of State Legislatures: "Health Reform and Health Mandates for Obesity."

 

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on November 27, 2017

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