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Health Plans Don't Cover Weight Loss Surgery

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WASHINGTON (AP) - While the number of obese Americans persists at record levels, the number of patients undergoing weight loss surgery hasn't budged in a decade.
    
Last year, about 160,000 U.S. patients underwent weight loss surgery - roughly the same number as in 2004. That's only about 1 percent of the estimated 18 million adults who qualify nationwide for the surgery, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
    
Surgeons blame a combination of factors for the stagnating numbers, including the economic downturn and a social stigma against resorting to surgery to treat weight problems. But insurance coverage is the largest hurdle, they say.
    
Nearly two-thirds of health plans sponsored by employers don't cover weight loss surgery, which can cost between $15,000 and $25,000.

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