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on 9/14/08 9:37 am - Naples, FL

Hello Everyone! I'm 10 weeks post op. I live in Naples,FL. I have Florida Medicaid/Medipass and My Surgeon is in Hialeah,FL Dr. Eric Valladares,M.D. # 305-558-0411 He accepted my Medicaid for the Gastric By pass I just had. I would recommend him to anyone. He is straight to the point and very informative. I think he is a wonderful Surgeon.He did my Surgery at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah,FL. I was treated Sooooo GOOD there. Good luck to everyone.

bkg 5kn29 **I want to be free from this body I'm trapped in!     





on 10/16/09 7:21 pm - Miami, FL
Hello there... would you be so kind as to tell me if you had a hardtime getting approved w/ medipass? I have dr. jorge sosa in hialeah as well, operates in palmetto as well...what did medipass require??? Im dieing to know here...LOL
on 3/12/10 8:39 am - Miami, FL
hello im lormis and i live in liitle havana i just found out that there is a surgeon in palmetto hospital named eric valladares and he takes medicaid/medipass his number is (305) 558-0411 call the hospital attend the seminar then call the surgeon and they will guide you through the rest to uptain  the right procedure  for your surgery
on 3/12/10 8:33 am - Miami, FL
hello thank you for verifing that my decision was the same and the best one i just called the surgeon and  made my appointment for the seminar its on the 18th of march and then we'll see what happens from there............thank you so so much for that info .............may god bless you in so may ways you have given hope to another person and their life you to shall be blessedxoxoxoxox
on 9/16/08 12:04 pm - kissimmee, FL
I have amerigroup/medicaid and I was wondering if anyone knew any surgeons in florida who take this (I live in the kissimmee/orlando area) any help would be appreciated thanks
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on 9/27/11 4:28 pm - Daytona Beach, FL
I have amerigroup/ medicaid too I am from Daytona Beach FL 3 hours driving over Tampa. I contacted the Univerisity of South Florida (Tampa General Hospital), and was told that Dr. Murr accepts Amerigroup, Heath Ease and Stay Well Medicaid plans. His contact info; Bariatric coordinator Susan Orellana (813)844-7473
Margaret Smith
on 9/21/13 1:28 pm - Lake Wales, FL

We see dr murr for hby in tampa and they got him approved on medicare in less then 2 wks.



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on 12/4/08 12:32 pm - Lutz, FL
What hoops do you have to jump through with Medicaid?  I have it but I didn't think they would cover so I was looking into getting my own private insurance.  Would I just go to one of these Drs and they handle the rest?  Please let me know!
on 12/5/08 4:01 pm - middleburg, FL
getting discouraged here.. i got the letter of nec. from my PCP, but can't find a surgeon that will take my UHC/Medicaid?!?!?  I contacted UHC and they told me it is my responsibility to find a surgeon that is willing to take the out of network rate?  Is that really my responsibility? anyway, i have called SO MANY offices and none of them will take it, even after i explain that the ins is requesting them to call for an authorization.  i am not sure what else to do, how can the insurance refuse to help find a surgeon, even though i've gotten the nec. letter?

on 7/19/09 7:04 am - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Universal Health really sucks  I have them. Humana Family has a dr in fl. only problem is they aren't taken anymore people in broward county. If you live outside of broward you can see if they are accepting where you are the have bariactic nutrition and everything.I hope to be able to switch in sept.

P. Javellana
on 12/8/08 9:21 am - Central Florida, FL
RNY on 06/29/10 with
Dr. Todd Overcash
Ocala, Florida

I just got off the phone with Dr. Overcash's office and they said that he is on a leave of abscence for 1-3 months or more and is not doing any surgeries.

She said Dr. Hoddinott is not a member of the Center of Execellence yet but may be soon.

My problem is I have Wellcare HMO with an out of network option/Medicare.  My insurance is willing to pay, but trying to get someone to take Wellcare is hard since they don't take Wellcare - only Medicare.  I talked to Dr. Overcash's office and they would have to talk to Wellcare, but then she said he was not doing any surgeries.
on 12/30/08 12:11 pm - St. Augustine, FL
RNY on 06/01/05 with

Flagler Hospital and Dr. Marema in St. Augustine, Florida both accept Medicare.

Dr. Marema's office number is   904-829-9577. You can find more information in the website at under the Bariatric tab. Also under find a hospital you can read the reviews. They are awesome. Dr. Marema has had surgery himself and has great patient outcomes.

Good Luck to All!
Best Decision I Ever Made.
on 1/3/09 9:26 am - rochester , NY
Dr. Overcash in Ocala, Fl has done a ton of medicare patients.
on 1/12/09 11:58 am - Lake City, FL

dr ben david shands gainesville

michelle O.
on 1/25/09 3:25 pm - Tampa, FL
Dr. Jessee who does Lap Band or Realize Band recently started accepting Medicare. She does surgery at Palms of Pasedena hospital which is a center of excellence for Bariatric surgery.
on 1/28/09 9:19 am - lake city, FL
on 4/2/09 8:27 pm - Orlando, FL
I had my surgery in Nov of 05.  Dr Raul Rosethal.  Can't say enough good things about him.  He accepted my Medicare.  I do not know if he has changed his acceptance of it.  He works at Cleveland Clinic/Hospital in Weston FL which is west of Ft Lauderdale.  I drove there from Orlando.

Now the prob with Medicare is you go thru all the hoops and you have your surgery and it is a toss up if they PAY for it.  So most MD's want you cleared for making your own payments if Medicare falls thru.  That is why so many dont accept/work with Medicare.

One of the most important subjects Medicare is interested in is your wanting to return to work.  Lets face it they want you back to work and no longer in the system.  Esp if your weight is the main detr to your working.


Best of luck to everyone.  Would I do my R-N- Y again.  In a second.
on 5/27/09 4:28 pm - Orlando, FL
I am in Orlando. I'm on disability and ONLY have Medicare A/B. Nothing else. Anyone know where I can have this done that's not going to cost me a fortune?
on 5/28/09 1:00 pm - Orlando, FL
I just got off the phone with Dr. Kim's people at Celebration Health. As of THIS WEEK, Dr. Kim accepts straight up Medicare A/B!!
L. Anderson
on 6/18/09 8:54 pm - Duluth, GA
RNY on 06/30/09 with
Dr. Michael Williams in Alpharetta, GA. Takes STRAIGHT MEDICAID ONLY. If you sign up with a managed care group such as amerigroup or wellcare they won't accept it. It must be straight medicaid. Surgery is out of North Fulton Regional and Emory John's Creek.

Office Number: 770-500-3660
5755 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA