MEDICAID AND MEDICARE SURGEONS LIST!
On a daily basis we get calls from members in desperate need of surgeons that will accept Medicaid and or Medicare for Bariatric surgery. It breaks our hearts when we have to say "we don't know of any surgeons in your state we can refer you to".
Can you please help us? If you know of any surgeons in your state that accepts Medicaid and or Medicare, will you list their:
If they accept Medicare and or Medicaid
This list will remain here for our members to access and use.
Thank you so much!!!
on 9/7/09 12:18 pm
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on 5/3/09 1:27 am
I have tried every diet you could think of and nothing has worked. Sure I would lose weight but as soon as I went off the diet I would gain twice as much back. I am 42 and weigh 263 pounds. I always wanted to have surgery but never thought it was possible because there was no way I could afford it. I kept bringing up my weight to my doctor and she would just say that it was normal to gain weight as you got older, this was unacceptable to me.
The clinic I was going to had declined a great deal so I switched my PCP over to Beth Israel. On my first visit with my new PCP I told him that my weight is way out of control, he agreed and set me up with the Bariatrics department in Boston. I expressed my concern of not being able to pay for it and he told me that MassHealth and Medicare now cover it because it cost them more in the long run due to all the health problems that obesity causes.
If Medicare is your primary insurance you will be all set without going through the whole program and then having to wait Lord knows how long for MassHealth to approve it. However, there is a one time program fee of $500.00 that you have to pay on your first visit and there is no way around that.
on 6/12/12 6:13 pm
I went via Boston Medical Center and had who I think is the best surgeon in the Universe
Dr. Hess for my surgery. I am only 6 days out..but I would move and pay any amount of money to have him do my surgery. but I am on MassHealth right now and his office accepted it.
There was a lot of problems getting it through though ..it took me almost 2 years. I started out with BlueCross Blue Shield, lost my job..had Cobra then massHealth.
I am 45 and am 215 but I'm only 4 11 which made it worse..I had all plus sleep apnea that you had.
I'll see what happens in the next year.
Good luck and if you need to talk, I'm here