Fortunately, many insurance companies recognize the serious health threats of obesity and do cover weight loss surgery as long as you meet the qualification requirements. At UCLA’s Bariatric Surgery Program, we accept most of PPO insurance policies and select HMO policies with an authorization from your Primary Care Provider. However, it is important to check with our office to ensure your health policy covers your weight loss surgery procedure.
Many PPO insurance providers are now providing coverage for Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Distal Bypass and Lap-Band Removal. Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Oscar, Tricare and United Health Care typically cover weight loss procedures. Our office staff will happily verify your insurance benefit. Please Contact us at 310-825-7163.
A person must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or BMI of 35 or greater with an obesity-related co-morbid condition including, but not limited to:
Documentation of all of the following:
**Please Note: All clinical guidelines and qualifying factors vary based on insurance company and the policies in place. If you have specific questions regarding your health insurance policy, please contact our office at 310-825-7163, option 2.
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