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I'm new to this whole process, where do I start? How do I find hospitals of excellence that are required? What is a medically supervised weight loss program? Can I do it with my PCP or do I need to go to an official center? I'm so confused!

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You will want to talk to your PCP, and visit bariatric centers that accept your insurance.

Do you have a phone # on your insurance card? If so, give them a call and see what they say. Google will be a help as well.

Be prepared in case things to go not-so-smoothly, so you won't be too disappointed if there are some hurdles to jump through.

What part of VA do you live in?

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I live in Harrisonburg VA

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Hi do you have Medicaid and how is it going with the process?

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I had an accident about 2 years ago and just got approved for disability so my Medicaid is still being processed. I really wanted to start the "6 months medically supervised weight loss plan" early so I could get my surgery sooner. But what I've learned from UVA it's a process I have to do thru them basically so it's going to keep pushing things back before I can even get documented weight loss started. I thought I could do it thru PCP but they're telling me it's going to all be a longer process, so here I wait, wasting time. If I go much lower with my weight I won't qualify as my BMI now is 35.4

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Oh sorry to hear that! So What is Medicaid bmi requirement?

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On 2/1/2017 at 11:58 PM, mzzredd85 said:

Hello I live in Richmond Virginia I have atena I go to st Mary to dr carmody he is really good when you go go your appointment they will give you a good it will have all of the requirements

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Did you have medicaid? I have VA premier with Medicaid and I'm also lost not even knowing where to start but I do know that Iam exhausted with trying to lose the weight I'm sick of diets that don't work. I need help so I have been researching this surgery and think I will be a great fit. Iam also in Richmond

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Hey everyone. Did anyone get approved with Va Medicaid? If so could u guide me in the right direction😩🙏🏾

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