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Plastic Surgery – The Process Begins (Hopefully)

Well, I did it. At least I think so.

I think I found a reason to have my insurance cover some plastic surgery for me. A real reason. Something I actually really need fixed whether it would look better or not.

In a nutshell, I had the gastric bypass. I lost 150 pounds. So pretty much everything on my body is.. well… lets just say lower than it used to be. Gives new meaning to the term “sportin’ a sag.” Continue reading

Shocker: Weight Loss Surgery Can Leave Saggy Skin!

Gasp! Who Knew? OMG!

OK, enough sarcasm. This story (“Weight Loss Surgery Can Leave Saggy Skin“) came in while I was too busy to post, but I just had to revisit it. Mostly because I have a psychological need to be snarky this morning, and because I’ve always hoped that by the time I’m ready for plastic surgery (maybe this time next year?) BCBSNC will cover it. They sent me a letter when they approved my gastric bypass informing me that they would not cover plastics. But I shall stubbornly cling to hope.

And in fact, the article says that more insurance companies are beginning to cover plastics. The key is to have your PCP document problems – any rashes or pain or sores will help. (Does just being grossed out because my skin looks like that of an 80-year-old woman count?)

Here’s a link to the video version (sorry, they have a notice saying you can’t reprint the article and they won’t allow embedding – hope they don’t get ticked about the screenshot of the video above):

 http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/healthteam/video/3450915/

Best of luck to Sue, even though I’d rather go to UNC hospitals than Duke. It’s a TarHeel Thang. 

Go Heels!

Study: Insurers Recoup Obesity Surgery Cost In 2-4 Years

benefits of gastric bypassI found the following article on Insurance companies and Gastric Bypass surgery from Reuters. Seems to me that if more insurance companies realized this, it wouldn’t be so hard for some of us to get our surgery covered.

When you consider this, along with the list of gastric bypass surgery benefits (as in this photo), it seems it’d be a no-brainer for insurance companies.

Unfortunately, as many of you who’ve had to battle them know, no-brainer applies to insurance companies in a whole different way.

But you can fight them – and you can win. Continue reading

Gastric Bypass Increased My Life Insurance Rates

Here’s a side effect to gastric bypass you may not have thought of.

So DH and I are getting life insurance. Most of it is on him. But for my portion, I was surprised at how they treated the fact that I’d had gastric bypass surgery. Continue reading