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Few eligible patients can get weight loss surgery
San Francisco Chronicle

Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese.

And like many critically overweight Americans, Harrison cannot afford to have weight loss surgery because her health insurance doesn’t cover it. The financial burden makes it nearly impossible for her to follow the advice of three physicians who have prescribed the stomach-shrinking procedure for Harrison, who is four-feet, 10 inches and weighs 265 pounds.

Harrison’s health insurance plan, provided by UnitedHealth, excludes coverage of any surgical procedures for weight loss.

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