Obesity screening & counseling

Obesity screening & counseling

How often is it covered?

Medicare covers face-to-face, individual behavioral counseling sessions to help you lose weight. This counseling may be covered if you get it in a primary care setting (like a doctor's office). You need to get it in this setting so it can be coordinated with these:

  • Your other care
  • A personalized prevention plan

Talk to your primary care doctor or practitioner to find out more.

Who's eligible?

All people with 

 who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more are covered.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for this service if your primary care doctor or other qualified primary care practitioner accepts 



Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.

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