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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

QuitPower® – Advanced Tobacco Cessation Program from UHC

Employees will receive a wellness coach to help develop a personalized, realistic plan to reduce tobacco use.

  1. Education
  2. Understanding Personal triggers
  3. Personal Counselors
  4. Nurse Line
  5. Personalization
  6. High Intensity Model
  7. Nicotine Patch or Gum will be delivered directly to employee at no cost to the employee

Weight Loss Program

Participation is voluntary for employees and covered spouses. The City will pay 50% of members’ enrollment costs for the program. The name of the program will be announced after a vendor is selected. The City will not pay for other weight loss programs. The program will include:

  1. Weekly Counseling Sessions
  2. Weekly Weigh Ins
  3. Weight Tracking

To be eligible for subsidy, plan members must meet 10 or the 13 qualifications listed below:

  1. Weigh 20% or more above normal weight as defined on the “Obesity Point Chart”
  2. Have a BMI of 40 or more (BMI= weight X 705, divided by height in inches two times)
  3. Have a BMI of 30 or more with obesity related health conditions
  4. Do not have an illness that has caused you to be overweight
  5. Be between the ages of 18 and 60
  6. Have been overweight for 5 years or more
  7. Have hypertension
  8. Have cardiopulmonary condition
  9. Have sleep apnea
  10. Have diabetes

As a treatment for weight loss is medically necessary when all of the following criteria are met:


  • Class III obesity, clinically severe (BMI > 40 kg/m2); or
  • Class II obesity (BMI 35-39.9 kg/m2) in the presence of one or more of the following co-morbidities:



  • Type 2 diabetes; or 
  • Cardiovascular disease (e.g. stroke, myocardial infarction, poorly controlled hypertension (systolic blood pressure-greater than 140 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure 90mm Hg or greater, despite pharmacotherapy); or
  • History of coronary artery disease with a surgical intervention such as cardiopulmonary bypass or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.
  • Cardiopulmonary problems (e.g. documented obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) confirmed on polysomnography with an AHI or RDI of >= 30 (as defined by AASM Task Force Sleep. 1999;22:667-89);or
  • History of cardiomyopathy.

The individual must also meet the following criteria:


  • Documentation of a motivated attempt of weight loss through a structured diet program, prior to bariatric surgery, which includes physician of other health care provider notes and/or diet or weight loss logs from a structured weight loss program for a minimum of 6 months. (NHLBI, 1998);and
  • Psychological evaluation to rule out major mental health disorders which would contraindicate surgery and/or undermine patient compliance with post-operative follow-up care and nutrition guidelines. (NHLBI, 1998)


Initially, qualifying Plan Members will be eligible for 1 weight loss session. A weight loss session is a pre-determined time period during which assistance with weight loss activities is available similar to a quarter, trimester, or semester used in education environments. The time duration of a session will be determined in consultation with the chosen vendor when a Weight Loss Program is selected. The weight loss assistance activities available during a session, such as but not limited to weekly weigh-ins, nutritional counseling, etc., also will be determined at the time that the Weight Loss Program vendor is selected.

To continue to qualify for additional subsidy for more sessions, members must:

  1. Lose a minimum of 5% of weight in the first session.
    • If a minimum of 5% of weight is not lost in the first session, members will not be eligible for subsidy for the second session.
  2. Lose a minimum of 10% of weight in the second session. Does not include the first 5% weight loss.
  3. If a minimum of 10% of weight is not lost in the second session, members must repay their share of the program.
  4. Employees are eligible for two consecutive weight loss sessions with City payment assistance.
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Last updated: 10/6/2015 4:40:55 PM

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