- HEALTH TRACKER
I also have United Healthcare Choice Plus. I live in Maryland; the policy is written in Virginia. My employer specifically excluded WLS coverage from the policy.
Lori - were you successful in getting a waiver to the exclusion?
And - would any complications be covered by UHC after WLS?
In the last six years, at least ten states have established task forces or commissions to study obesity: Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) formed the NIH Obesity Research Task Force in April 2003 to accelerate national progress in obesity research.
Four states (Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, and Virginia) have legislation regarding insurance coverage of obesity treatment. In Georgia, health care policies may offer coverage for the treatment of morbid obesity. In Indiana, HMOs and insurers must offer coverage for non-experimental surgical treatment of morbid obesity that has lasted at least five years and for which non-surgical, physician-supervised treatment has been unsuccessful for at least 18 consecutive months. Maryland law requires insurers, HMOs, and managed care organizations to cover NIH-recognized surgical treatment of morbid obesity. In Virginia, insurers and HMOs must offer coverage that is the same as that provided for other medical and surgical procedures for NIH-recognized treatments for morbid obesity.