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Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) includes a variety of procedures performed on people who are obese. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach through removal of a portion of the stomach or by resecting and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch.

Requirements & Cost

The plan benefit pays according to your level of benefit (Basic, Better, Best or Ultimate) at the time of service. The Member is responsible for any and all deductible and co-insurance according to the level of benefit (Basic, Better, Best or Ultimate) at the time of service.
Manatee YourChoice Health Plan covers the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) and the gastric sleeve surgical weight loss procedure.

  • You must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or 100lbs over ideal body weight.
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 – 39 with other complicating factors; may be considered.
Start your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle

To get started, contact Jennifer Ruiz. You will learn about the program and requirements that include visits with a Registered Dietitian, a Behavioral Health provider, and establishing a regular exercise routine through the use of a Movement Coach.

Jennifer Ruiz, RN

Nurse Advocate

Prior to joining YourChoice Health Plan, Jennifer worked in a primary care office for Tampa General Hospital as the office RN for six providers. She has worked in healthcare for 10 years with experience in Orthopedics, Trauma, Medical/Surgical, and Vascular Surgery, and is currently pursing her graduate degree in Healthcare Systems Engineering at the University of Central Florida.

Jennifer Ruiz