Travis County says OK to Weight Loss Surgery Benefit

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Travis County commissioners have approved a pilot program to offer weight-loss surgery to employees.

A review suggested the move could save money in the long run.

The program -- which commissioners endorsed Tuesday – calls for paying for up to 15 bariatric surgeries per year during a five-year trial.

The surgeries, which involve reducing the size of the stomach or rerouting the intestines, would each cost up to 25-thousand dollars.

The program is expected to start by December first.

To qualify, county employees would have to be diagnosed with morbid obesity and go through one year of monitored unsuccessful dieting and exercise.

The county estimates as many as 400 of its 41-hundred employees would be eligible for the surgery.