Your surgeons office will know all the requirements needed. I have the same insurance, first choice, & my surgery date is march 23rd. There's a lot you have to do, 6 months documented weight loss management, psych evaluation, EGD, get pulmonary clearance, & cardiac clearance. Don't get your heart set on the gastric sleeve because insurance won't pay for it. If you're a smoker...QUIT!!! Surgeon will refuse to do the procedure, plus it's REALLY bad for your health!!
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on 1/21/15 9:39 am
Does anyone know the rules for medicaid and bariatric surgery? I saw some posts that were all more than two years old and medicaid changes like crazy. Because of my family/sleep doctor, I can only used First Choice once my medicaid approval comes through.
Please let me know if you have any information. I have proof of weight loss in the past and that it didn't help my high blood pressure (fall 2012-spring 2013) During this time of weight loss, I developed MORE health issues that have since caused a more than 60 lb weight gain. . . (just for a little back ground)
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on 12/31/14 9:17 am
HELLO EVERYONE IM NEW TO THIS SITE AND WANT TO START BY ASKING A BURNING QUESTION I HAVE AN HOPEFULLY GET GREAT FEEDBACK. RECENTLY I TALKED TO MY DOCTOR AND HE TOLD ME ABOUT GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY. I ATTENDED A SEMINAR AND DECIDED I WANTED TO CHANGE MY LIFE AND HEALTH. I CURRENTLY HAVE CONSUMER'S HEALTH INSURANCE AND THEY DO NOT HAVE COVERAGE FOR ANY BARIATRIC SURGERY. I LIVE IN COLUMBIA, S.C CAN ANYONE HELP ME FIND WHAT ARE SOME GOOD HEALTH INSURANCES WHO WILL COVER MY BARIATRIC SURGERY. GOD BLESS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
on 9/17/14 10:55 pm, edited 9/17/14 10:55 pm
I too am a State employee. no coverage. I also am looking into going to Dr Aceves in Mexicali. I have not firmed up a date because I have to wait for June 2014 before I can have funding. I was told the same price. I had spent some time on making list of Drs that I was interested in. I send out inquiry emails to them. and Dr Aceves' person is the only one that has gotten back to me. That in itself means a lot to me. I also work in Columbia.
I teach so I had to pay out of pocket too. Unfortunately, Dr. Aceves has passed away. He was in a plane crash. But I had my surgery done on Sept. 1 at his clinic. They are still GREAT and I have recommended them to a few family members. They are awesome.