Weight Loss Surgery and Insurance
Part of the Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies Cheat Sheet
So, you’ve decided to go ahead with weight loss surgery. One of your first steps should be to check your insurance policy to make sure you’re covered for the procedure you want to undergo. You can do this online or by calling your insurance company’s customer service number.
Here are a few additional steps you can take to help improve your chances of getting your insurance company to cover the procedure:
Write down all the different diets you’ve been on, how much weight you lost, and how much you regained.
Document whether you’ve ever taken any weight loss medication.
Get office notes from any doctors or dietitians you’ve seen to help you lose weight.
If you know your insurance company wants a six-month doctor-supervised diet, get started! Ask your doctor to see you every month and document your weight, what kind of diet you’re on, and what kind of behavior modification or exercises you’re undertaking. If you can’t exercise because of physical limitations, have your doctor document your physical disabilities.