Georgia State Health Benefit Plan to Cover Weight-loss Surgery in 2022

Posted: Friday, November 5, 2021

Patients in Georgia who are insured through the State Health Benefit Plan will now have coverage for weight-loss surgery beginning in 2022.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) offers a variety of surgical and nonsurgical weight-loss options and is an Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery.

“Our comprehensive program helps patients achieve their weight loss goals with support every step of the way,” said Amy Smith, Bariatric Program Manager at NGMC. “Weight-loss surgery helps our patients feel better, get conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure under control, and live a fuller, healthier life.”

The Bariatric Weight Loss Center at NGMC offers a variety of aftercare support options for patients – including behavioral and nutritional counseling, yoga and weight-lifting classes, a free clothing closet and more.

“We know that obesity affects nearly every aspect of our health, and losing weight not only improves quality of life now but can lead to less health problems down the road,” said Dr. Robert Richard, medical director for the Bariatric Weight Loss Center at NGMC and surgeon at Longstreet Clinic. “This change in coverage will mean more people having access to our services so they can improve their health long-term.”

For more information on bariatric surgery at NGMC and your coverage, call 678-679-7079. Visit nghs.com/bariatrics for more information on the Bariatric Weight Loss Center at NGMC. 

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Since 1951, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has been on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. With hospitals located in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega, the four NGMC campuses have a total of more than 700 beds and more than 1,200 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties. NGMC is part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit that cares for more than one million people across more than 19 counties. Learn more at www.nghs.com.