Bariatric surgery is covered by many health insurance plans and the
BIW insurance specialist can help you get pre-approval from them. Many
health insurers recognize the long-term benefits of bariatric surgery
and their approval process can be routine. However, all health
insurance plans do not yet cover bariatric surgery and to get
pre-approval may require more effort.
If your insurance plan does not cover bariatric surgery, the
Bariatric Institute of WI has an attractive self pay program that
includes Blis CareTM insurance product. Please call our office for
more information or visit the Blis Care website [www.bliscompany.com]
for more information.
You might find additional help from Obesity Law and Advocacy
Center. Visit their web site for more information.
Bariatric Surgery May Offer Tax Benefits
In March, 2002, The Internal Revenue Service stated .Obesity is
medically accepted to be a disease in its own right.. Because of this
ruling the cost of some weight-loss programs are tax deductible.
Taxpayers who participate in these programs for medically valid
reasons will now be able to deduct amounts above 7.5% of their
adjusted gross income, similar to any other medical expense not
covered by insurance or other reimbursement. A taxpayer’s spouse and
dependents would also be covered.
The IRS cited obesity and high blood pressure as examples of
diseases for which the deduction could be taken.