Will the OWCP Cover My Pre-Surgical Weight Loss Program?
Yes, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) may cover your weight loss program if you need it for an approved surgery. OWCP is a federal agency that provides workers’ compensation benefits to federal employees who are injured or become ill on the job.
OWCP will cover the cost of medical treatment that is necessary to treat a work-related injury or illness. This includes the cost of weight loss surgery if it is necessary to prepare you for another compensable surgery, such as a knee replacement or back surgery.
To be eligible for OWCP coverage for weight loss surgery, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be a federal employee who is covered by OWCP.
- You must have a work-related injury or illness that requires surgery.
- You must be morbidly obese (BMI of 40 or higher) or have a serious weight-related medical condition.
- You must have tried to lose weight through other methods, such as diet and exercise, but have been unsuccessful.
- Your doctor must certify that weight loss surgery is medically necessary and that you are a good candidate for the surgery.
If you meet all of the above criteria, you can file a claim with OWCP for coverage of your weight loss surgery. OWCP will review your claim and make a decision. If your claim is approved, OWCP will cover the cost of your surgery and any related medical expenses.
If you have any questions about OWCP coverage for weight loss surgery, you should contact your OWCP claims representative or an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation law.