Does Medicare cover weight-loss treatments for retirees?
Traditional Medicare covers some weight-loss treatments such as counseling and certain types of surgery for beneficiaries. Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover weight-loss programs or medications. Here is what you should know.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for Medicare-covered weight-loss treatments, the patient's body mass index (BMI), which is an estimate of body fat based on the height and individual's weight, must be 30 or higher.
A BMI of 30 or more increases the risk for many health conditions such as certain cancers, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and sleep apnea. To calculate BMI, the National...More