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  2:24 pm
Commenter: Lisa Cullen, LPN

Weight Loss Management Drugs

The proposed service authorization changes are not only too strict, they are much too difficult for the average person to comply with.  People on Medicaid are already having difficulty with finances.  Having to meet with another provider (nutritional counselor), is adding another financial burden.  Patients are already being counseled by their weight-loss provider (PCP, bariatrician, etc).  Why put an additional roadblock in their way if it's not absolutely necessary?Also, the BMI of 40 is in Bariatric Surgery territory.  Thank you.

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