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    I know that I've seen a bunch of threads on this in the past, and I'm sorry for lacking the motivation to use the search option !

    Has anyone gotten approved through tricare? I am 5 lbs away from the 40 BMI, and the only co-morbs I can think of are severe depression and slightly elevated blood pressure...

    Is it worth it to even try for approval?

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    You can definitely try. Are the depression and hypertension thoroughly documented in your medical history?

    They might deny you at first.... but you can always appeal.
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    The depression is documented through my whole life, the hypertension since my sons birth....



    Quote Originally Posted by LittleMsSunshine View Post
    You can definitely try. Are the depression and hypertension thoroughly documented in your medical history?

    They might deny you at first.... but you can always appeal.


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    I would say it's worth a shot. Tricare will pay for some procedures, the most common way is you have to travel to a big MTF to have the surgery done. The cost of travel and hotel is borne by the patient.
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    Yep!!! I have friends who have had lapband approved through Tricare!
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    LapBand is very easy to get approved if you have a BMI over 40. I'm not sure about with co-morbidities though because I don't have one. But I do know that depression is not a co-morbidity
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    Depression was listed on the website I was on as a comorb. My appt. is in a month, hopefully I can get in sooner....

    I think I might just try and gain 5 before I go so I have nothing to worry about...as horrible as that sounds.

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    LapBand is very easy to get approved if you have a BMI over 40. I'm not sure about with co-morbidities though because I don't have one. But I do know that depression is not a co-morbidity


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    Whether or not they will approve lap band can also depend on if you are close to a MTF that does lap bands. Good luck! I know in 2007 (when DH had his GBS) they were just about to start offering lap band surgeries at Madigan
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    It never hurts to try. Worse they can say is no, but you can always appeal like someone else said. Good luck!!!

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