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
on 6/25/09 7:17 am
U.S. Bariatric ,  is in Orlando an St. Augustine.You must go to a Dr. that is a Center of Excellence, for Medicare.
He has gastric bypass himself. There  phone # is 407-895-8007  Orlando.
Check the internet for:
Hope this helps some.He and his staff are awesome
on 6/30/09 6:03 pm - interlachen, FL
I just wanted to say thank you so much for this post!
michelle O.
on 11/3/09 5:10 am - Tampa, FL
Dr. Tiffany Jessee takes Medicare. She does Lap Band & Realize Adjustable Banding.
Here is her info.
Her website is
on 11/3/09 11:08 pm - miami, FL
im 30 yrs old. an im thinking of having the gastric bypass surgery. but i have no insurance  and i don't qualify for medicaid due to my age. what can i do im desperate!! im 325 pounds i cant sleep cause i have trouble breathing and when i walk for more than 5 minutes i feel like im gonna faint. please help
on 1/9/10 12:19 am
How do you not qualify for medicaid due to your age? Medicare is the insurance that requires you to be a certian age. Medicaid mainly is for anyone who cant afford insurance and is in need of health care. Have you applied for Medicaid? Go to and apply over the internet... the only thing is I don't know if they cover and weight loss surgery...
on 1/9/10 12:14 am
I was wondering if anyone knows anything about any dr.s that take TOTAL HEALTH CHOICE, HMO through MEDICAID, here in Miami, FL.... or if this HMO even covers the lap band procedure.... Thanks
jennifer A.
on 3/11/10 9:46 pm - FL
hi. dr. jorge sosa in hialeah takes total. man, they denied my REFERRAL to see waiting on an appeeal
Harry Potter
on 4/20/10 1:35 pm - Hollywood, FL
I have medicaid, and had to choose a hmo, i had humana, had the surgery with paul wizman.
humana dropped me, then I had to have Total health choice, they then informed me, dr. sosa no longer accepts total health choice.

Revision RNY 05/14/2014

Current Weight: 197







on 5/19/11 5:39 am - FL
 In order for any Medicaid HMO to approve anything having to do with weight loss surgery you have to have at least one years worth of documented doctor or nutritionist supervised weightloss attempts. You also have to have 2 out of any obesity related diseases like high blood pressure high cholesterol diabetes etc. So if you do not, talk to your doctor about natural weight loss what can he/she do to help. Do what they say its ok to loose some weight, it is to show that you can't keep it off or that you cant loose the amount needed to completely get rid of the underlying problems. Go to all the specialist they want you to go to. Its not easy but its do-a-ble trust me.

Guernica Loser
on 1/19/10 9:55 pm, edited 1/19/10 10:00 pm
Dr. Thomas Bass.  He is located in both Hollywood, Fl and has offices in Naples, Bonita Springs and Ft. Myers.  He's wonderful!   I only know about Medicare.   You can call and ask about medicaid.
I've been on prednisone and chemo for over 7.5 years.  Gained over 160 pounds due to pred. Highest wt. 410. Surgery wt. 365. Current wt. 299
See ya,400s, 90s,80s,70s, 60s, 50s, 40s, 30s, 20s, 10s 300s!!!!