13 years ago
Anonymous

Hi. 10 POINTS FOR A HONEST AND NICE ANSWER?

I have multiply serious health conditions, one not being able to walk. I am not looking for pity or to be criticized, but was wondering DOES ANYONE KNOW IF MEDICAID WILL PAY FOR GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY? Thank you in advance and Happy New Year to All.
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13 years ago
Anonymous
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Honestly, I don't know, but Happy New Year's to you too!
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13 years ago
Anonymous
I sell long-term care insurance and I know all about Medicaid and Medicare benefits. No, medicaid will not pay for a gastric bypass. Simple as that. It doesn't matter how threatening your weight is to your health, it wasn't designed to cover that procedure. I have you honest, and I thought I was nice about it.
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13 years ago
Coach Brenda Wagner
Hi, I was just wondering if you asked your doctor about this? He may have connections. I see that someone told you to use Power 90 workout dvd, that would not be good for someone in your position, it is too intense (I use it myself). Although we do have one that is called Tony and the Folks, but that doesn't answer your question. I tried to research your question, and there is a whole lot of information. Medicaid does not cover obesity, and under Medicare, hospital and physician services for obesity are clearly excluded. You could ask your doc. for more info. There are definitely a couple of things that you can start doing today that will help. I volunteer at a retirement home and one of the really good things that I see there is, they have an exercise class there where they do "chair" exercises. You can work out by sitting. My mother in law loves these so much that even though she does not live there, she goes once a week to them, and she doesn't have a disability. I will include a link to a page that you can download a manual that shows you how to do them. It is from the University of Georgia. When you get to that page, you can click on the little icon at the top that looks like a floppy disc. That will save it to your computer. Now for the meals, are you eating enough fruits and veggies? I am not sure what your diet is, but of course you know what you should not be eating. A good way for you to measure without the hassle is, take a medium or preferably a small plate. Fill half of it with veggies (whether it's a salad, or cooked veggies). Now for the protein, that should only take up one quarter of your plate, and for a good carb, fill the other quarter with something like wild or brown rice, whole wheat pasta, or a small sweet potato. Stay away from butter and sauces. Use some spices instead. Two hours after your meal, have a snack like a half a cup of cottage cheese and some fruit, or celery sticks with hummus. Definitely, ask your doctor for advice on surgery. I would try to stay away from that, but I do not know your situation. Definitely, download that chair exercise manual (don't worry, it's free), try to do 30 minutes of these a day. Definitely eat small healthy meals: Breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, supper, a snack. Please, let me know what your doctor says. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. Oh and don't forget your manual. Warmest, Coach Brenda Wagner All Star Fitness Now
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13 years ago
minwella29
I really doubt that medicaid will pay for this surgery unless your health is at serious risk and a doctor says you have no choice. If I were you I would start by eating mostly fruits and vegtables. I realize that you cannot walk but there are upper body exercises that you can do . Get a pair of hand held weights and start by exercising that way, ask your doctor too there has to be special exercises that they show you how to do. I wish you luck!!
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13 years ago
wiu_stu
Most often this would be in the category of extreme measures in loosing weight unfortunately the medicaid system is not into the weight loss epidemic catastrophes. If you are in considerations to loose weight then a bit of foot work would only be half the effort, a balance of emotions is the main solution.
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13 years ago
Hobbes
I don't know for sure, but read this. It sounds like it, but I don't know if this is the Medicaid your talking about.
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13 years ago
Partygrrl
The best way to answer this is to just call Medicaid and find out. If you are severly obese than more then likely they will pay for it since I know it is a surgery that most insurance providers will pay for. I am definetly for gastric bypass surgery if someone really needs it. Good luck.
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13 years ago
Anonymous
Im not sure if they do, but you can always call the Medicade hotline and ask. Happy New Years!
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13 years ago
L Jeezy
I honestly don't know, but what I do know is that I've seen two people in my life that have had this surgery. Trust me when I say, you would probably be more miserable after the surgery than before it. You'll look and feel diminished, and bodily maintenance after the surgery is so high, that you'll regret ever doing it. Sorry to hear about your paralysis. I'm sure Medicaid would probably kick in something. It would be best to research it first. Call them and they should have a definite answer for you.
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