Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Medical Assistance Services
Board of Medical Assistance Services
Guidance Document Change: This is a new form used to determine whether DMAS will cover certain weight loss drugs. (This process is called service authorization.)
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9/7/23  12:22 pm
Commenter: Shauntell Kline FNP


I believe that the new guidelines for Wegovy and Saxenda use are too strict. It will be very difficult if not impossible to have each of these individuals assessed by a registered dietitian. Plus, it will also be cost prohibitive. A BMI of greater than 40 is the recommendation used for bariatric surgery. We would like to treat these individuals before they reach that mark. For the betterment of the health of the community, it would be better to lower this BMI to what is deemed obese, which is 30 and up.

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