At Garden State Bariatrics, we are dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives—which is why we are excited to share news that will allow us to help even more people find weight loss success in New Jersey. Many health insurance plans offer some coverage for weight loss surgery, but each insurance plan has their own guidelines. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Jersey, which covers approximately 2.7 million people, has updated and expanded their bariatric coverage.
New BCBS Guidelines for Bariatric Surgery in New Jersey
Horizon BCBS of NJ recently announced that bariatric coverage will be available for members who have type 2 diabetes and a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. The previous guidelines began coverage at a BMI of 35, so the update will expand coverage to many people who can benefit from bariatric surgery. For patients without type 2 diabetes or other obesity-related diseases, coverage begins at a BMI of 40.
Which procedures are covered?
Can bariatric surgery improve health for people with type 2 diabetes?
Yes, bariatric surgery can improve health outcomes and metabolic control for people with type 2 diabetes, particularly in those who are obese or severely obese. Several studies have shown that bariatric surgery can result in significant improvements in blood sugar control, lipid levels, blood pressure, and other markers of metabolic health in people with type 2 diabetes. Bariatric surgery is so effective that most patients with type 2 diabetes see a complete remission of the disease.1
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