Insurance Issues

Feeling Overwhelmed—And a Whole Lot More

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Insurance Issues, My Story | 3 comments

I just had “the meeting” with my bosses about leaving again for treatment. They were amazingly supportive, as they’ve always been. As long as no surprises happen on the insurance front, and as long as I’m medically stable enough to be in day treatment, I could start at Monte Nido as soon as Thursday. I got a bit weepy talking to my bosses about the situation, which is very unusual for me. I suppose I’m just feeling fragile today. I’m angry at myself for being back in this position. Sad that I’ve caused my husband and loved ones stress and worry....

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Relapse: Return to Treatment

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 in Insurance Issues, My Story | 5 comments

Relapse: Return to Treatment

I had a dream a few nights ago that I was on a ship docked in a harbor. It was an overcast morning. I was leaning on the railing, watching other ships passing through the harbor as I waited for us to embark. Suddenly, a ship across the way overturned and sank. As the passengers near me on the deck began to panic, the crew assured us that everything was fine and told us to stay calm. It’s better to remain where we are, they said. But I became terrified that our ship was about to go down, too. So, I turned and ran, determined to find a way off. It’s not uncommon for me to dream...

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Five Things You Should Know About Your Insurance

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Insurance Issues, Published Writings | Comments Off on Five Things You Should Know About Your Insurance

Five Things You Should Know About Your Insurance

Yesterday I was in Washington, DC with the Eating Disorders Coalition and many eating disorder/mental health advocates from across the country for the 2015 Spring Lobby Day. This time we were focusing our energies on the Anna Westin Act of 2015. This legislation would clarify the mental health parity act (so that insurance companies stop unjustly denying patients treatment), increase training about eating disorders for health professionals, and encourage truth in advertising. However — I will write more about that at another time! For now, I wanted to share with you a post that I wrote for...

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“Just Eat” Documentary Takes on National Injustice

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in EDs and the Media, Insurance Issues, Published Writings | 1 comment

“Just Eat” Documentary Takes on National Injustice

Eating disorders are deadly illnesses. Whether it’s the physical complications that kill you — cardiac arrest, organ failure, or otherwise — or it’s suicide prompted by the extreme mood disturbances, eating disorders, if left untreated, do not end well. In fact, they have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. And yet, in addition to being the deadliest, they are the most overlooked, underfunded, and misunderstood. We in the eating disorder community are very familiar with these incongruities. Now, the public will also get an inside look at the things we suffer day...

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Money, Power, and Eating Disorder Justice

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Insurance Issues | Comments Off on Money, Power, and Eating Disorder Justice

Money, Power, and Eating Disorder Justice

I’m a bit late in writing this, as it has been an up-and-down sort of week. Better late than never, right? Last Wednesday I had the totally awesome experience of joining members of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) for Mental Health Matters Day in Albany. We met with legislators and their staff to advocate on behalf of important eating disorder issues, especially matters of justice and accessing treatment. Specifically, we were asking 1) to help close the gap between so-called mental health parity justice and what insurers REALLY end up covering for mental health (i.e., not...

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Post-“Denied”: Keep the Pressure on Insurance Companies

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in EDs and the Media, Insurance Issues | Comments Off on Post-“Denied”: Keep the Pressure on Insurance Companies

Post-“Denied”: Keep the Pressure on Insurance Companies

Insurance Coverage: Benefit or Barrier? Dear Friends, I’m writing on behalf of the women, men, and children I met this year while in treatment for an eating disorder, and I’m asking for your help. Many of those I met have been suffering from their illnesses for years—but not necessarily because of the illness’s severity. Rather, their eating disorders have been dragged out because their insurance providers consistently cut off treatment prematurely, even against clinician advice. Time and again, these patients leave treatment or (if they’re lucky) are moved to lower...

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