I understand that Maine Care covers gastric bypass surgery. No doubt a gastric bypass can be a lifesaver, but way too often only a temporary fix. The weight is often regained, occasionally with extra pounds.
If Maine Care is willing to fund this expensive surgery, why is it almost impossible for a Maine Care recipient to receive funding for an exercise program or healthy living education? It seems to me that funding lifestyle changes would more often lead to a successful weight loss. Also, the one who is getting in shape is acquiring knowledge and skills that will help them keep the weight off, gain self esteem, and hopefully pass on these skills to family members.
Education is what it is all about! Remember the old adage that "if you give a starving person a fish, he/she will eat for a day, but if you teach him/her how to fish, they will never go hungry." Let's teach our citizens how to take care of themselves and fund that education.