The new year is upon us, and for most, it’s a time for setting goals or making lifestyle changes. It’s also a time for changes to insurance benefits and guidelines in the weight loss surgery world. With the national landscape of medical insurance undergoing a major overhaul, it’s important to understand what that will mean for you and your family. If you haven’t already, be sure to contact your insurance provider or human resources department and ask if there have been changes regarding deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums or services relevant to your health care.

Coverage for weight loss surgery in particular tends to change significantly from year to year. Have they added a maximum lifetime benefit? Do you now have to complete a supervised weight loss program prior to surgery? Did they eliminate coverage all together? If it all seems overwhelming, you’re not alone. That’s why we’re here to help with free insurance verification. Whether you’re pre-op, post-op or just beginning your research, our expert staff will verify your WLS benefits and give you an overview of what to expect in 2014. You can access this service on the home page or by giving us a call at 775-326-9152.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and informed 2014!

Mason Hermosillo, Patient Advocate, Western Bariatric Institute
Reno, NV 89503