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South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Biography

Con to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“Obesity itself cannot be considered an illness. The most common cause is caloric intake that is persistently higher than caloric output. Reimbursement may not be made for treatment of obesity alone since this treatment cannot be considered reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of an illness or injury. However, although obesity is not in itself an illness, it may be caused by illnesses such as hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, and hypothalamic lesions. In addition, obesity can aggravate many cardiac and respiratory diseases as well as diabetes and hypertension. Therefore, services related to the treatment of obesity could be covered services when such services are an integral and necessary part of a course of treatment for one of these illnesses.”

“Hospital Services Provider Manual,”, Jan. 1, 2010


“Working with the Governor’s Office and the General Assembly, DHHS leadership continues to streamline the organization and design programs that meet the needs of qualified South Carolinians. In SFY 2008, South Carolina Medicaid managed more than $4.5 billion in federal and state dollars, with more than 96 per-cent going to medical assistance…

DHHS is organized into four major areas: eligi-bility, medical services, legal/regulatory and finance.”

“SFY 2008 Annual Report,”, July 6, 2009


“Our mission is to manage the Medicaid program to provide the best healthcare value for South Carolinians.”

“Inside DHHS,” (accessed Jan. 27, 2010)

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