EAting disorders treatment coverage and insurance issues
The Academy for Eating Disorders regularly hears from patients and providers about lack of insurance coverage for eating disorders treatment. Navigating this treatment coverage with insurance companies can be difficult, to say the least. Insurance companies often don't recognize established standards and guidelines for eating disorders treatment, making coverage difficult. Find out more information here to learn what you can do to help obtain insurance coverage for the treatment that is required.
Additional insurance resources and information can be found here, including information on COBRA rights, sample letters to insurance companies, managing the appeals process, dealing with third parties and also includes a webinar on Guidelines for Providers and Families.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced (July 2013) the establishment of a new Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCP) that will offer coverage to uninsured Americans who have been unable to obtain health coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Beginning in 2014 in the United States, the Affordable Care Act will prohibit insurance companies from excluding anyone with a pre-existing medical condition from coverage. If you do not currently have insurance, there are many scholarships for eating disorder treatment. Find out more and how to enroll in coverage if you qualify, at www.HealthCare.gov.
Read the AED World Wide Charter on Action for Eating Disorders for an international outline of patient and family rights.