A medical exam for the coverage typically consists of a paramedical exam (height/weight check and vitals checks such as pulse and blood pressure readings), a blood test, and a urine test – sometimes an EKG and/or cognitive testing may be required for older age individuals).
Even if it’s not asked specifically on the application itself, the carrier will see the input regarding the wls (I’m assuming stands for “weight loss surgery”) surgery in the APS from your doctor. For any fully underwritten life insurance program, the carrier will request a copy of an APS from your doctor, in addition to the completion of a medical exam conducted for the insurance policy).
An APS is an Attending Physician Statement – in short, it’s a doctor’s summary of your medical history records. For example, if you were being treated for diabetes, it would cite your A1C reading history, prescriptions prescribed for the condition, when it was diagnosed, etc. In the APS, the carrier will see in the doctor’s notes that you have discussed getting the wls surgery (I’m assuming that “wls” is supposed to stand for “weight loss surgery”) and ask if a surgery has been scheduled and/or completed.
If it hasn’t been completed yet, a carrier will postpone approving you for the coverage because you have an outstanding medical procedure on the books that’s still supposed to get done. From a carrier’s perspective, their risk of a claim is greatly increased when they know a surgical operation is upcoming as complications can always occur during any surgery.
Please note, after a weight loss surgery procedure and you’ve ideally lost a large amount of weight and want to apply for coverage, part of that weight loss can be added in to a carrier’s calculation of height/weight profile. The reason for this is quick weight loss for people (whether via surgery, diet and exercise, liposuction, etc.) can often result in some individuals gaining a percentage of that weight back – unfortunately not everyone always keeps all of the pounds off. So if you apply for coverage within 12 months of that rapid weight loss, a carrier may add half the weight loss amount back to your total. For example, if you weight 300 pounds and loss 120 pounds after a procedure, now you’re sitting at 180 pounds. If you applied for coverage soon after having lost that 120 pounds, the carrier would add 60 back to your total and base the underwriting on a height/weight profile of 240 pounds (180+60). The purpose of the 12 month differential is to show stability in the person’s weight loss and that they have a good chance of keeping off the weight.
Please also note, alternative options will still result in the same outcome (e.g. non-medical life insurance) because a question on almost every application will ask in some format “are there any outstanding tests or other medical procedures outstanding or waiting to be completed”. You would only be able to secure a graded policy with a low face amount ($25k or $50k maximum), which does not appear to be in the ballpark of the coverage you’re looking to secure (you noted $900k in your question’s statement).
If you have a policy already in force, you can elect to convert all or a portion of it to permanent coverage. The conversion would keep the risk class that the original policy had and would simply just calculate the rates based on your age.
I hope the information is helpful – please feel free to contact me for help with your coverage and if you have any other questions. Thanks very much.