HARRISBURG – Monroe County Rep. Maureen Madden plans to introduce legislation that would ensure health insurance coverage for people who need bariatric surgery for health reasons. Bariatric surgery is designed to help patients with extreme obesity lose weight. Madden said bariatric surgery is a procedure of last resort for people, who despite adopting medically recommended weight-loss programs, are unable to improve their body mass index. Madden said her proposal would automatically open pathways to better health for Pennsylvanians by requiring commercial and public insurers to cover bariatric surgery and aftercare. She is seeking House co-sponsors for her proposed bill.

REP. MAUREEN MADDEN