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1199 weight loss

1199 is an insurance also called 1199seiu. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a labor union representing almost 1.9 million workers in over 100 occupations in the United States and Canada.

  • Are you a bit overweight or obese in greater New York City?
  • Do you have 1199 insurance and want to know if they cover medical weight loss?
  • Do you know W8MD is one of the very few medical weight loss programs in the nation to accept health insurance for visits?

Who gets 1199 insurance?

1199 SEIU is usually seen among workers, spouses, retirees and family members in the following professions:

  • health care which covers over half of members work in the health care field, including hospital, home care and nursing home workers;
  • public services such as local and state government employees; and
  • property services including janitors, security officers and food service workers.

Does 1199 insurance cover medical weight loss physician visits?

Yes. Since obesity is considered a preventable medical condition, and since pre-existing conditions cannot be excluded, all insurances are mandated to cover weight loss physician visits including 1199.

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Does W8MD accept 1199 insurance for weight loss?

Yes, our New York City offices are in network with 1199 insurance for both weight management, sleep disorders, primary care, and preventive care.

Weight loss success stories

Weight loss success stories

What is covered usually on the 1199 insurance for weight loss at W8MD?

W8MD can bill 1199 for the physician weight loss visits, any test that might be performed such as a breathing test called Resting Metabolic Rate test (RMR), electrocardiogram (EKG), nutritional counseling etc. Since most insurances limit weight loss medication coverage, or exclude it, W8MD typically provides the weight loss medications at the office for a small administrative cost of $50.00 biweekly that provides up to two weeks of two diet medications if dispensed in office.

  • Did you know that being overweight and obesity are epidemic in New York City (NYC) and across the
  • Did you know about two thirds of the US population are overweight or obese,1 including more than half (about 3 million) of the adults in NYC.
  • W8MD’s unique insurance physician weight loss program has helped thousands of patients since 2011 not only to *lose weight but also to keep it off.
  • Please note certain exclusions apply and some plans may not cover weight loss although majority do. Deductions, copays and out of pocket expenses might be applicable based on your specific plan.

Does 1199 cover weight loss surgery?

Most 1199 do need prior authorization and might not cover bariatric surgery

Does 1199 insurance provide weight loss coverage?

All 1199 plans cover physician weight loss visits

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How can W8MD’s insurance weight loss, sleep and medical aesthetic programs help me?

As one of the very few non-surgical weight loss programs to be in network with most insurances including 1199, we do get many 1199 patients for our non-surgical medical weight loss program. If you live near greater New York area, have 1199 insurance and need to lose some weight without bariatric surgery, you can contact W8MD.

W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan.

Medical weight loss

Losing weight is one of the top priorities for many especially during the New Year’s resolutions time. As the United States and the world fight an epidemic of overweight, obesity, and diabetes, some call diabesity, it is important to examine what truly causes weight gain.

W8MD Team

W8MD Team

What is medical weight loss and how can it help me?

Medical weight loss, as opposed to surgical weight loss, involves non-surgical measures to help you reach your weight gains and to maintain it.

Before we look at the causes of weight gain and strategies to lose weight, let us look at some of the common things people search the internet. Here are some of the commonly searched questions on Google.

  • How do I help lose weight?
  • How can a woman lose weight fast?
  • How can I lose weight fast in 3 days?
  • How do you lose 10 pounds in a week?
  • What is an unhealthy rate of weight loss?
  • What is the best exercise for losing weight?
  • How much weight loss per week is healthy?
  • What are 3 weight management strategies?

How common is overweight and obesity in the US?

First, let us look at obesity rate among adults in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity is common, serious, and costly.

What percent of US adults are obese?

The prevalence of obesity was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million of US adults in 2015~2016, according to the CDC.

What medical conditions are linked to being overweight or obese?

Over 50 different medical conditions are related to being overweight or obese including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death.

What is the annual cost of obesity in the United States?

The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

What truly causes obesity?

Obesity is a complex problem that has many causes. Let us look at what truly is causing the obesity, and diabetes epidemic. Although most people oversimplify this and say, it is “calories in, calories out” or “energy balance equation”, those oversimplifications rarely solve any problem and in fact can lead to “blame the victim” attitude.

Did the failed food pyramid play a role in causing the obesity and diabetes epidemic?

Over the past several decades, there has been an overemphasis on low fat diets thinking that fatty foods make one fatty and therefore, low fat foods are a solution.

However, low fat food in practicality ended up being high glycemic and high starch leading to a new problem of increased sugar loading leading to over production of a very anabolic hormone called insulin. Overtime of getting over exposed to insulin, people develop what is called insulin resistance which not only leads to compensatory increase in basal insulin levels but also leads to increased hunger, overeating an bigger portions.

What are the contributing factors for obesity?

Obesity results from a combination of causes and contributing factors, including metabolic factors such as insulin resistance, lack of proper sleep, stress, medications, individual factors such as behavior and genetics.

Losing weight with W8MD

Losing weight with W8MD

What behavioral factors lead to weight gain?

Behaviors can include dietary patterns, physical activity, inactivity, medication use, and other exposures. Additional contributing factors in our society include the food and physical activity environment, education and skills, and food marketing and promotion.

Do genes have a role in obesity?

Genetic changes in human populations occur too slowly to be responsible for the obesity epidemic. Nevertheless, the variation in how people respond to the environment that promotes physical inactivity and intake of high-calorie foods suggests that genes do play a role in the development of obesity.

How could genes influence obesity?

Genes give the body instructions for responding to changes in its environment. Studies have identified variants in several genes that may contribute to obesity by increasing hunger and food intake.

Rarely, a clear pattern of inherited obesity within a family is caused by a specific variant of a single gene (monogenic obesity). Most obesity, however, probably results from complex interactions among multiple genes and environmental factors that remain poorly understood.

What about role of family history in obesity?

Health care practitioners routinely collect family health history to help identify people at high risk of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and some forms of cancer. Family health history reflects the effects of shared genetics and environment among close relatives. Families can’t change their genes but they can change the family environment to encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity. Those changes can improve the health of family members—and improve the family health history of the next generation.

Can certain medical conditions or medications cause weight gain?

Some illnesses may lead to obesity or weight gain. These may include Cushing’s disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Drugs such as steroids and some antidepressants may also cause weight gain. The science continues to emerge on the role of other factors in energy balance and weight gain such as chemical exposures and the role of the microbiome.

A health care provider can help you learn more about your health habits and history in order to tell you whether behaviors, illnesses, medications, and/or psychological factors are contributing to weight gain or making weight loss hard.

What are the health consequences of Obesity?

People who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following:

  • All-causes of death (mortality)
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

What are the economic and societal consequences of obesity?

  • Obesity and its associated health problems have a significant economic impact on the U.S. health care system.
  • Medical costs associated with overweight and obesity may involve direct and indirect costs.
  • Direct medical costs may include preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to obesity
  • Indirect costs relate to morbidity and mortality costs including productivity.
  • Productivity measures include ‘absenteeism’ (costs due to employees being absent from work for obesity-related health reasons) and ‘presenteeism’ (decreased productivity of employees while at work) as well as premature mortality and disability.

How can W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program help me?

W8MD’s medical weight loss programs can help!

If you are overweight or obese, and need help losing weight, W8MD can help. Accepting most insurances, with an evidence based practice, with many locations in the US with physicians and staff experienced and well trained, W8MD has helped thousands of patients and is ready to help you.

W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan. Lean more…

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Weight loss success stories

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Weight loss testimonials

Weight loss success stories

Weight loss success stories

Weight loss success story – 1

After years of struggling with weight gain and never any loss, trying W8md was the best thing I ever did! Dr. Tumpati and Laura are super personable and there for any questions or doubts you may have! -Melissa Z.

Weight loss success story – 2.

Like to give a big thanks to Dr. Tumpati and his staff for helping me lose 104.5 lbs and 21.5 inches off my waste i went from a size 48 pants and now fit comfortable in a size 34 in 8 months they turned my life around. im now feeling healthy all my vital levels are now normal. The one thing i like the most about the program is that you get to eat real food. i posted some pictures of my journey along the way. i highly recommend this program to anyone trying to lose weight and get healthy. Lou Collins.

Weight loss success story – 3

The program really works the Doctor and Laura are helpful friendly and very supportive. Shanelle W.

Weight loss success story – 4

I have been very pleased with my weight loss results.i lost 40 lbs. Dr. Tumpati is respectful and monitors my labs and blood pressure weekly. I go off and on the program because of my professional career but I am still able to maintain a healthy weight and I am always welcomed back. Laura his administrative assistant is fabulous and always encouraging regardless if you have a bad weigh-in. There is no judgement here. It’s really the only program that can honestly say works for me:) its easy to follow, no calorie counting.  If you have plateaued on other diets you will see results with this one:) Michelle M.

Lost about 100 lbs and maintaining

FANTASTIC program! Truly a life changer! The first several months I lost on average 3 pounds a week. I have now lost 87 pounds in 10 months and I’m still losing! I can say it feels almost effortless, for with the elimination of most carbs plus the medication I have ZERO cravings and minimal hunger.

My cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar have all returned to normal having previously been considerably elevated. I look and feel twenty years younger (I am 57.) Staff is friendly and supportive, and the science works.

I did not think that I would be able to achieve such results, and certainly not in less than a year. I am amazed at my success, and I could not have done it without Dr. Tumpati and W8MD. D. M. *

Update: UPDATE: It is now a year and a half since I began this journey. I have lost 103 pounds, reaching and actually surpassing by a couple of pounds my weight loss goal, and am maintaining. My monthly visits with Dr. Tumpati, as well as the positive reinforcement of his staff, really help to keep me on track. My new eating habits have become my new normal, and I accept that adhering to these guidelines regarding my food needs to be a permanent part of my health routine, just like brushing my teeth.

Living healthy and feeling good about the way I look are such great ways to start and go through my day that I can’t think of anything better. All my positives are enhanced and any negatives don’t seem as bad because at my center I am healthy, vibrant, energetic, and able to attract goodness. Every day is filled with gratitude that I have emerged from this process – dare I say it? Victorious! – D.M.

Biggest loser lost over 150 lbs

I’ve been going to Dr. Tumpati at the King of Prussia location for about 9 months and have lost 150 pounds*.  I was at a point where my weight was affecting my life and health, ignoring it was no longer an option.  I wanted to lose weight safely, but effectively, yet most people said it was impossible.  It was time to hire a professional. Dawn.

Dr. Tumpati and staff have been great explaining every step of the process and making sure I stay on track.  The accountability and constant encouragement have been key parts of my success, as well as the knowledge that I was following a plan that would work and had actual medical science to back it. I am not finished losing yet, but as compared to 9 months ago, I know I’m already healthier, now’s its just finishing the journey.  This path isn’t easy but if you’ve had enough of your weight being an impact on your health and life, considering getting help like Dr. Tumpati and his staff. It will make it easier.

Dawn V. * (Our Biggest Loser)