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If you have insurance through Dean Health Plan, you can check your insurance plan coverage by visiting this site's Member Benefit Information section.
You can also call the Dean Health Plan Customer Care Center at (800) 279-1301.
If you are considering any weight loss program or bariatric surgery, your first step should be to contact your insurance company to find out what costs will be covered by your plan.
Please note that coverage of weight loss programs or surgery varies by insurance company. Many insurance companies do not include weight loss surgery or treatment of obesity in their coverage. If your health insurance does not cover the cost of weight loss surgery, you will need to pay all medical bills related to the procedure.
Even if your insurance covers some costs, most insurance companies require documentation of adherance to a six-month physician supervised weight loss program in the previous year before bariatric surgery. Your company may require discussions regarding physical activity, nutrition and behavior modification.
Please note we will not schedule an appointment until we receive insurance authorization, or until payment arrangements have been finalized.
If you have been approved as a candidate for bariatric surgery by the bariatric surgery team, a prior authorization letter will be sent to your insurance company.
You will be asked to meet with a member of the Dean Business Office to make payment arrangements. Once we have received approval from your insurance company and/or the Dean Business Office, we will contact you to schedule another appointment to discuss the next steps for surgery.
It is important to note that your insurance company will notify both Dean and you regarding your approval status. If you wish to find out the progress of your request, please contact your insurance company directly.
Please be aware that the evaluation and insurance/payment verification process may take APPROXIMATELY 6 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.
Your insurance provider will likely have a list of specific questions they'll ask when you contact them to learn more about their weight management coverage. Please have the following information accessible before you contact them.
If you are interested in obtaining specific costs related to the Gastric Bypass or LAP Band procedure, please contact our Dean Comprehensive Weight Management Program staff at (608) 824-4457 or toll free, (800) 808-1190.
Dean's Healthy Recipes
Fitness and Exercise Center
Healthy Eating Center
Healthy Weight Center
Website: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Website: American Obesity Association
Website: Obesity Action Coalition (a Prevention, Policy and Management site is also available from OAC)
Website: OverEaters Anonymous
Website: SNAP-Ed Recipe Finder
Website: CDC Podcasts, Other Resources
Website: Weight Loss Surgery Appeals
Did you know you can track your weight online through MyChart, sharing the results with your Dean care team? Learn more.
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