Iowa Medicaid – Iowa Department of Human Services
Yesterday while I was at a friends house getting ready to attend a group support meeting for weight loss surgery, I received a phone call from the surgeon that is going to be doing my surgery. They told me that Iowa Medicaid, as of August 1, will no longer pay for any bariatric surgeries.
Cost Savings Strategy #12 SFY 12 Budget
Name Eliminations of Bariatric Surgery
Implementation Date: August 1, 2011
Medicaid will eliminate coverage for bariatric surgery for the treatment of morbid obesity. This coverage elimination applies to all forms of this surgery, including, but not limited to the following: gastric bypass, lap-band, roux-en-y, etc. These services have always required pre-procedure review (i.e., prior authroization).
All authorizations issued throught July 331, 2011 will expire on October 31, 2011.
All members and providers with an active authorization in place will be notified by letter of the expiration date.
No new bariatric surgery services will be authroized after July 21, 2011.
Informational Letter: The Informational Letter announcing this change will be #1030. All informational letters can be viewed at
Rules: Rules will be posted at
Iowa Medicaid Enterprise – 100 Army Post Road – Des Moines, Iowa, 50315-6241
Iowa Health Weight Loss Specialists
Go higher up!
Right now there are a bunch of folks from the Des Moines area, including doctors, nurses, assistants, and the like that will be going before Governor Branstad in the coming weeks. This ruling needs to be changed. When more information becomes available to me, I will share it. Please help get this turned around here. I am one of those who desperately needs this surgery. Luckily, mine is almost planned. But I know there are others in Dr. LaMasters clinic that need this insurance also. It feels real discriminatory to me and others. Get the word out.