However, the primary focus of weight loss with bariatric surgery is to treat the dangerous health conditions and diseases associated with obesity. Because weight loss surgery is medically driven, all requests for approval for these procedures are based on a medical diagnosis made by your surgeon. Most insurance policies will cover bariatric surgery, but their statuses do change often. Navigating insurance can be a confusing process, but at New York Bariatric Group we have helped thousands of patients understand their insurance options and have a successful approval. For questions about insurance, please contact us and we will be happy to go over your options.

Our Process

The first step is to meet with a surgeon at New York Bariatric Group to determine if you are a candidate for surgery. We have insurance experts on our team who will help you through the process if you are a candidate. Once you have been accepted into the New York Bariatric Group program, our office will call your insurance company and verify that the bariatric surgery procedure you’ll be undergoing is covered. We will also find out if your insurance plan has any deductibles or co-pays for this surgery. These support services are provided to you at no cost.

If you have already gone through prequalification and have insurance approval through another weight loss surgery program, you qualify for our Fast Track Program. You can talk to one of our patient counselors at 866-569-7049.

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Is Bariatric Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Is Bariatric Surgery Covered by Insurance? - New York Bariatric Group

Self Pay

Our surgeons support a variety of payment methods through the Self Pay packages including cash, credit card, stocks, bonds, investment funds, Health Flex Savings Account (HFSA), and your 401K. Weight loss surgery such as the virtually scarless single incision Gastric Sleeve, gastric bypass, or Lap-Band can help improve or eliminate your co-morbid health complications, reducing your out-of-pocket cost of medications, doctor visits, time off work for illness and injury, and plus-sized clothing prices; ultimately saving you money in the long run.

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Tax Deductible

The IRS allows taxpayers undergoing weight loss surgery to deduct expenses for procedures, approved weight-loss drugs, and nutritional counseling. Deductions are allowed for uncompensated expenses of treatment of an individual if the cost is more than 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income. Talk to your tax professional or CPA about how tax deductions can help you and your weight loss surgery process. We have included the link below to the IRS Medical Tax Deduction Information page:

IRS Medical Tax Deduction Information

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Medical Spending Accounts

Some or all the costs associated with a weight loss program may be reimbursable if you have a healthcare spending account (FSA/HSA). Check first with your account administrator about your eligible expenses. Some services, supplements, or medications may require a letter of medical necessity. Be sure to talk with your accountant or financial advisor about how this could help you.

The Personal Cost of Obesity

Items Estimated Annual Costs
Mean medical drug costs (BMI greater than or equal to 35) $5,965
Out-of-pocket healthcare costs $2,182
Employment inactivity costs $900
Commercial weight loss program fees $600
Prescription co-pays (5 meds at $10) $600
Grocery and diner costs $5,321*
Total $15,568

* A study recently showed that the average morbidly obese patient spends over $5000 per year on food. After weight loss surgery, food costs are about $1000 per year. That is a savings of over $4000 per year.

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Insurance Alternatives

If insurance coverage for your weight loss surgery is not an option, or you want to try the non-surgical weight loss balloon, New York Bariatric Group accepts self-pay patients at very competitive prices.

The primary financing option we offer is through Prosper Healthcare Lending. They generally offer immediate decisions for loans of under $35,000. They also offer longer-term loans for lower monthly payments. Prosper does not require collateral for their loans, and there are no prepayment penalties. This application process for a Prosper loan is generally quick, and they keep your information confidential. You can click here to fill out their application.

If you would like to learn more about how insurance coverage works for our NYC bariatric surgery, please contact us at /phone 866-569-7049.

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Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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Note: A BMI of 30 – 34.9 or BMI 35 – 39.9 with no comorbidities qualify for lap band but is usually not covered by insurance.

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