Medicaid paying for gastric bypass?
on 9/7/11 4:06 pm
I just got approved for SSI after two years fighting for it and WLS is only hope for ever living a normal life again. I have several health problems which has caused my weight to get too high and along with having lymphedema that is very bad it has made it to where I can no longer walk more than a few feet to get to a from the bathroom back to the bed. I do what exercise I can while laying/sitting but being over 600 lbs now, it isn't helping much.
I wish I knew what to tell you about Mississippi's Medicaid rules when it comes to covering WLS ... Sorry. When you called and asked, did you ask about a specific procedure or did you ask about WLS in general?
Wishing you the best of luck!
If Medicaid in Mississippi doesn't cover it, though, then they don't cover it. It wouldn't matter how high your BMI is. If they do cover it, there will be criteria you have to meet, like a BMI of 40 or above or whatever their rules are. They won't just cover it for anyone that wants it, you have to meet the criteria.
If you have SSI, you'll be eligible for Medicare after two years. I know that seems like a long time to wait, but they will cover WLS. They only cover 80% of most things so you would have to pay the rest, though.
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I believe it is covered under the state Medicaid plan here in MN. Check w/ Medicare, too. I believe the once a person has been determined to be disabled for one year by the Social Security Administration (you are considered disabled if you are receiving SSI) they become eligible for Medicare. The "start" date of your disability would be the date they began payment, not the date you received your first check. That means if you received back payment for six months while you were in the midst of an appeal, your "start" date of your disability would be six months before you even received your first check. At the point you are eligible for Medicare it becomes your primary insurance and Medicaid picks up covered services that are not paid for by Medicare. Maybe WLS will be an option the once you hit that one year mark and become eligible for Medicare???