States variations in the provision of bariatric surgery under affordable care act exchanges

Y. Tony Yang, Jennifer L. Pomeranz

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) attempts to reduce healthcare costs while simultaneously providing the means for more Americans to obtain health insurance. Among other things, the ACA expands preventative care for obesity by mandating screening and counseling. However, it permits the states to determine whether to mandate treatments for inclusion in plans offered on the state-run exchanges. Bariatric surgery is a highly cost-effective treatment for obesity, yet states have taken varying stances on whether to mandate its inclusion. In light of the rising cost of obesity and resulting burden placed on the federal government and the economy, this article advocates a comparable mandatory inclusion of bariatric surgery in all plans offered on state and federally run exchanges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)715-720
Number of pages6
JournalSurgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2015



  • Bariatric surgery
  • Health reform
  • Insurance
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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