Bariatric Surgery Coverage

050131-F-1936B-008Doctors Ronald Post (left) and John Smear (center) and Physician's Assistant Debra Blackshire perform laparoscopic stomach surgery at Langley Air Force Base, Va., on Jan. 31, 2005.  The surgery will involve the removal of the gall bladder to help alleviate acid reflux disease.  DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Bendet, U.S. Air Force.  (Released)

In recent years, legislators have wrestled with the issue of Bariatric Surgery (obesity correction), which was removed from the coverages of the State Health Benefits Plan about four years ago.

Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) finally got HB 511 to the finish line in the form of a two-year pilot program that includes three types of bariatric surgery and counseling before and after the surgery.

STATES: Georgia (2014)

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