Insurance Companies Label Eating Disorders "Behavioral Illnesses," Refuse to Cover Mental Health Costs

Manning, Holly Anne
January 2007
National NOW Times;Winter2007, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p14
The article reports that most U.S. states do not require insurance companies to cover the cost of mental health services for patients with eating disorders, because the disorders are considered behavioral illness. Treatments that address the mental health of the patient are not generally, or are only partially covered. National Organization for Women (NOW) president Kim Gandy argued that eating disorders are a treatable mental illness and the U.S. Congress should require equitable coverage.


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