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Hi! New here and I am with anthem BCBS Illinois. We submitted to insurance on the 28th of March and I am wondering how long it will take before actual surgery? I’m calling BCBS tomorrow to see where they are in the approval process which from reading what everybody else is saying shouldn’t be very long. Thank you for your help!

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I have Health Net and my surgeon’s office told me approval takes 1-2 weeks ... not sure if it’s different for BCBS.


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Surgery date: TBD - End of May possibly
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Hi! New here and I am with anthem BCBS Illinois. We submitted to insurance on the 28th of March and I am wondering how long it will take before actual surgery? I’m calling BCBS tomorrow to see where they are in the approval process which from reading what everybody else is saying shouldn’t be very long. Thank you for your help!

I know each BCBS is different. My paperwork was submitted last week and BCBS Federal has said that they haven’t received my paperwork even though my Dr’s office submitted it both electronically and faxed over. I would call and check to see if they’ve received the paperwork!! Good luck!


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Hi! New here and I am with anthem BCBS Illinois. We submitted to insurance on the 28th of March and I am wondering how long it will take before actual surgery? I’m calling BCBS tomorrow to see where they are in the approval process which from reading what everybody else is saying shouldn’t be very long. Thank you for your help!


I have bcbs il too! It only took 2 hours from when it was submitted. It was crazy! I think I just got lucky.

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4 hours ago, Taycakes said:

I am wondering how long it will take before actual surgery?

Depends on your surgeons schedule & availability of the hospital . You can call your surgeons office and ask if you were approved today, when are they currently scheduling.

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I am in NEw York. Once you are done with all medical clearances my surgeon gives you a surgery date. After she gives you the surgery date she submits everything to your insurance. Legally all insurances have the right to take 30 days to approve the surgery. This is why my surgeon gives the patient a surgery date. Kind of forces the insurance to hurry up and approve the procedure. I have Emblem Health Hip (Obama Care) and was approved the next day! Yes 1 day approval!!! It really all depends on how quick the nurse reviewing your chart is. All depends on the person sitting in that chair looking at your chart!

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i was approved on march 16th by my insurance and my surgery is scheduled for April 16th. mainly because i have to do a liquid diet for 2 weeks and thats what the hospital/Surgeon had available. My insurance was Health Partners ( through the hospital i work for)

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My former verdompt bariatric center routinely booked out 6 weeks to the Day of prerequirements being completed. The new one since I'm comng in with the different consults already done, 3 weeks? I want the absolute soonest they will give me. Have that 2 hour appointment with the in-house and I hope decent Psychologist Dr Kramer April 25th, after that the ball is in their court as long as they play nicely. If not I'll play The Band Perry's song "Done." If you don't know the lyrics, one of my favorite lines

Mama said I should always play nice

But she didn't know you when she gave that advice.

I'm through with you lah dee dah!

I get a whole lot braver (and maybe foolhardy) when I am pissed, which I am at the bait-and- switch or hurry -up-and- wait tactics with all these bariatric personages. Give me some satisfaction, I've worked hard enough to get it![emoji13][emoji50][emoji13]

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