After much research I was able to obtain the answer myself and am posting it here in case anyone else wondered. They have extended the study through 2014. They state that this does NOT mean that they will cover WLS after that time. So, basically, wait for two more years and it MIGHT happen or might not.
2013: 20 Funny New Year's Resolutions
When it comes to New Year's resolutions, our family members and friends can get quite creative and even funny with what they resolve to do in the New Year. Here a few good ones I have heard along the way...Oh, and a few of my own!
1. I resolve to stop procrastinating about procrastinating!
2. I will stop sending Facebook messages and emails to my loved ones when they are in the same room as I am!
3. I will use my treadmill for something other than a place to hang my jacket.
4. I will not sit at the kitchen table in my PJ's all day. Instead, I will move my computer to my bedroom.
5. I vow to never take a laxative and a sleeping pill on the same night!
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Even though ObesityHelp members are around the world, at times like these with Superstorm Sandy, we are united and here for each other.
For our ObesityHelp members, families and friends that are in the disaster areas, our thoughts are with you. We’ve listed some helpful links below to provide information so we can support you.
If you live in an area not impacted by Sandy but still want to help, there’s information for you too. Make sure you are prepared for a natural disaster by checking out the information in the links below.
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FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE:
If you need to find an emergency shelter near you, text:
SHELTER and YOUR ZIP CODE to 43362
If you want to apply for assistance from your computer, click HERE.
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If you want to apply for assistance, call (800) 621-3362
DISASTER SURVIVOR RESOURCES:
General information from FEMA, click HERE.
Here’s how you and your loved ones can prepare for natural disasters, click HERE.
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TO HELP THE AMERICAN RED CROSS:
Click HERE to donate funds for survivors of Superstorm Sandy.
Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters throughout the country including Superstorm Sandy. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
You can contact the “Join The Movement” of the American Red Cross to donate funds, donate blood, and read about other ways to help by clicking HERE.
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ObesityHelp Management and Staff
on 11/6/12 3:07 am
I am fairly new to the lapband journey. I have me with my surgeron and he agrees that I am a good canidate I just need to wait for approval from insurance. This is where things get fuzzy. I am covered under my husband's insurance, which is blue cross blue shield. We live in Georgia, but his company is based out of Jacksonville, Florida, so our insurance card states BCBS of Florida. When I was doing all of my preliminary reserach I did all of it based on BCBS Fl which has just dropped their 6 month wait. This would mean that since I meet all other requirements I would be ready to submit my claim to insurance, but when the financial dept. at my surgeon's office spoke to my insurance company they said that technically I am under BCBS or South Carolina (who of course still require 6 month diet)! Has anyone come into this problem before. I am confused about South Carolina coverage and any help would be appreciated. Also when I looked into South Carolina's coverage their policy on bariatric surgery was up for review in Oct 2012, does this mean they could make changes to the policy to drop the 6 month diet? This is what Florida did recently. They review their policy and on Sept 12 dropped the diet restriction.
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Professional Q & A Panel
|Saturday 10:30am - 11:55am|
Fellow-ship trained advanced laparoscopic surgeon. A member of the American College of Surgeons and the ASMBS.
The 3rd surgeon in the world to perform the totally laparoscopic DS and the 1st bariatric surgeon in the world to present the Hand-Sewn Duedenal-Ileal Anastomosis technique.
Dr. Stapleton is a licensed clinical psychologist, received her doctorol degree from Texas A&M University in Counseling Psychology.
A Ph.D Candidate in Sport Science at East Tennessee State University and for a number of years, served as ObesityHelp's Exercise Physiologist.
Its been over six years since we've launched our forums. During this time it has seen thousands of fresh faces, greetings, meetings, partings, arguments, kind words, life transformations, cathartic rants, and simply happy time pass. It has been with us throughout this time, silently observing and facilitating. But like any wise old man, its bones were getting old. Its joints were aching, and it has been needing a new jolt of energy.
A Mobile World
Did you know that over 30% of you visit our website using a mobile device? For those who do visit us via mobile, we owe you a sincere apology, because our forums have been horrendous on a mobile browser. But the big news is that things are about to change! Our new forums are completely mobile friendly and compatible with iPhone, Android, and pretty much any other modern smart phone.
Each post, topic, and forum shows up beautifully, with the full set of features, and in nice large font. See the screenshots for yourself.
You dont have do anything different, just browse to the forums like you normally would. This means that you can finally put these away:
Not Just for Mobile
The interface on your desktop browser has also been cleaned up a great deal. There is now less clutter on the page, and the overall experience is a lot cleaner. Check out some more screenshots here!
You will notice that each post no longer has 400 buttons below it. Only the buttons that are relevant to each post show up, making your screen space a lot less cluttered. Also, when you reply to another person's post, the entire post is indented inside, making it a lot easier to figure out who has replied to whom.
Launching soon! Maybe as early as next week! Maybe.
And do remember that this is not in any way a be-all-end-all when it comes to the forums. We are in the process of constantly learning and improving upon what we have, and this is just one step along the way.
Stay tuned for the changes! We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.
Meet Our Speakers: Colleen M. Cook
Hope & Help for the Pain of Regain
Join 17 year WLS veteran Colleen M. Cook for both a shot in the arm and a kick in the seat as she shares lessons from long-term losers and imparts insight, inspiration, and hope for WLS patients struggling with extended plateaus or weight regain. Her thoughts, stories, and personal experiences will inspire and motivate you to reach and maintain your optimum weight loss.
Also, don't miss her Keynote on Friday: Nothing Succeeds Like Success
We hope to see you in Atlanta, GA October 5th and 6th! Click here to book your ticket today!
Fast Facts About Colleen
-Colleen is the author of The Success Habits of Weight Loss Surgery Patients.
- She is the president or Bariatric Support Centers International, a company that specializes in providing education and support services for weight loss surgery patients and the professionals who serve them.
- Colleen currently serves on the National Advisory board for the Walk From Obesity.
-Known as Ms. Enthusiasm, Colleen helps men and women from all walks of life recognize their extraordinary potential and then inspires then to aspire.
My husband and I both had Gastric bypass and have had issues keeping motivated. I've lost 160+ and he las lost about 180ish I think. We haven't done horrible, but we definitely could do better : ) He and I have recently created a Charleston, SC support group for bariatric patients that need support and motivation. If you are interested in joining us feel free to message me your email address and I can send you the link to the group....
you can go directly to the group and request to be added (It's a closed group).. Here is the link
Hope to see some of you there to share stories, tips, and motivate each other!! : )
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 Medcaid
This list will remain here for our members to access and use.
Thank you so much!!!