Insurance issues can be some of the most dreaded aspects of the bariatric surgery process. Not all insurance providers cover bariatric procedures and many carriers change their policies from year to year. However, our bariatric professionals can help you navigate the sometimes intimidating world of insurance coverage.
Where do you begin?
If you have questions about whether or not your insurance plan covers weight-loss surgery, contact your provider by calling the customer service number on the back of your card and ask if you have a policy exclusion for weight-loss surgery. If you're told you have an exclusion, see the options listed below. However, if you're told weight-loss surgery is not a covered benefit unless medically necessary, your doctor can help to prove medical necessity.
If your insurance company has an exclusion for weight-loss surgery, you have three options:
- Try to change your insurance carrier or plan at your next open enrollment period to a policy that provides coverage for weight-loss surgery
- If you have secondary insurance, call them to see if they offer coverage for weight-loss surgery
- Discuss self-pay options with our Financial Counselor by calling 913-676-2475
- We do accept Medicare and Kansas Medicaid