Patient Resources

Insurance Coverage

Key Steps

Here are some of the key steps you should take to obtain insurance coverage for weight loss surgery:

  • Read and understand the "certificate of coverage" that your insurance company is required by law to give you. If you do not have one, consult your company's benefits administrator or ask your insurance company directly.
  • You may be required to start with your primary care physician. In some cases, he or she is the only one you can ask for a referral to a qualified bariatric surgeon. Even if you are not required to get a referral, it is a good idea to have the support of your primary care physician.

Helpful Links

American College of Surgeons

American Obesity Association

American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Obesity Action Coalition

Obesity Law & Advocacy Center

Weight Loss Surgery Information

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