Medical Weight Loss

Have you tried to lose weight, but never had any real sustainable success? You’re not alone. Losing weight isn’t easy. For many people, it’s more than just eating less and moving more. It’s more than just motivation and willpower.

Medical Weight Loss focuses on understanding the underlying conditions, medications and lifestyle behaviors that may affect weight loss efforts and offers a comprehensive evidence-based treatment plan to meet your unique needs.

Who's Eligible

Medical Weight Loss services are offered at select locations* as part of the UnitedHealth Group medical plan. Employees and their spouses/domestic partners who are enrolled in an eligible plan including the HSA-eligible plans, Accountable Care Plan, Doctors Plan, Kelsey-Seybold Primary Care Plan, Bind**, M Health Fairview Primary Care Plan or WellMed 1st Tier are eligible to participate.

Note: All employees, regardless of medical plan enrollment can visit a Well clinic for support to meet their weight loss goals or access weight loss resources and tools at

How It Works

Medical Weight Loss begins by scheduling a medical assessment at an approved Medical Weight Loss location (see contact information under Get Started). Your provider will partner with you to identify possible contributing factors to weight gain and/or weight loss challenges (e.g. medications, certain conditions, etc.) that are many times overlooked.

The assessment and lab results are used to deliver a comprehensive, personalized care plan that may include a combination of medical, pharmaceutical (such as weight loss medication), nutrition, exercise and behavioral therapy components.

Medical Weight Loss was designed with the support of one of the leading experts in the field of Obesity Medicine, Louis J. Aronne, M.D., Director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center (CWCC) which is part of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Medical Weight Loss is evidence-based treatment supported by years of medical research focused on the prevention and treatment of excess weight.

What's Covered Under Medical Weight Loss

Medical Weight Loss covers certain non-invasive, non-surgical treatments, including select weight-loss medications. In addition, subject to certain eligibility requirements, Medical Weight Loss covers certain bariatric procedures provided by our designated Focused High Performing Network. If you are already under the care of a provider who has recommended a bariatric procedure, please note that you must participate in Medical Weight Loss treatment at one of the UnitedHealth Group select locations* a minimum of six months to qualify for surgical coverage1. Medical Weight Loss treatment is currently only available at certain locations*; however, the program will continue to expand throughout 2021.

What Can I Expect

Initial appointments include labs and a face-to-face or virtual* comprehensive medical assessment to help define your personalized treatment plan. This will be followed by ongoing face-to-face or virtual appointments with a medical provider, as well as regular coaching sessions to support nutrition, exercise and lifestyle behavioral changes. Adjustments to your care plan will be made as needed to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Get Started

Call to make an appointment at a participating onsite or virtual clinic* location today.

*Medical Weight Loss is available at locations listed below. Virtual Medical Weight Loss care is available for participants located in AR, AZ, CO, CT, FL, KS, MN, NV, OK, TX, UT and VA starting April 19, 2021. We are not currently enrolling employees who reside outside of the state where an onsite or virtual clinic is located.

**Bariatric surgery is not covered under the Bind Plan. The Bind Plan will be an eligible plan at Wake Forest Baptist Health locations starting Jan. 1, 2021.

Virtual Clinic Locations – Statewide Call
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
Onsite Locations Call
  • Phoenix (AZ008)
  • Hartford (CT039)
  • Oldsmar (FL080)
  • Overland Park (KS015)
  • Duluth (MN015)
  • Eden Prairie (MN103)
  • Minnetonka (MN008)
  • Richardson (TX023)
  • San Antonio (TX086)
  • Sugar Land (TX175)
  • Green Bay (WI054)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health2
    • Medical Plaza Country Club, 4614 Country Club Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
    • Medical Plaza North Elm, 3903 N. Elm St, Suite 101, Greensboro, NC 27455
    • High Point, 1814 Westchester Drive, Suite 103, High Point, NC 27262
  • Click here to view the Wake Forest Stride Medical Weight Loss brochure.
  • Washington University in St. Louis3

Updated April 19, 2021

Please note: If there are any differences between the official plan document for any benefit plan and this summary, the official plan document will govern. Costs of programs may vary by location.

1Weight loss services provided outside of a UnitedHealth Group Medical Weight Loss treatment plan will not be accepted for the six- month pre-surgery requirement. UnitedHealth Group’s care continuum approach integrates Medical Weight Loss through the UnitedHealth Group benefit plan as a pre-requisite to bariatric surgery.

2Wake Forest Baptist Health offers two different Medical Weight Loss treatment options. Call the contact number listed above for details.

3Effective Feb. 1, 2021, participation in the Washington University MWL program is no longer covered at 100% under your UnitedHealth Group medical plan. Services rendered will be covered the same as any other medical service which may be subject to your annual deductible and coinsurance.

Current participants in the Washington University program and employees or dependents who have a scheduled initial appointment as of Feb. 1, 2021 (initial appointment dates between Feb. 1, 2021, and March 5, 2021), are not affected and will have no disruption in MWL benefit coverage. Check back soon for program updates servicing this area.