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  • One year ago today, on December 7, 2016, I had the humbling privilege of sitting in the balcony of the Senate’s Chamber with a small group of mental health advocates who nervously watched as votes tallied up on a bill that had been long in the making, the Anna Westin Act. On December 7, 2016, Congress made history by passing the 21 st Century Cures Act which included the Anna Westin Act, the ...
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  • On Monday, November 27, 2017, a Capital Public Radio broadcast reported that insurance denials in California have risen dramatically. The CapRadio story revealed an extreme increase in the number of Californian’s who have had to fight back against insurance denials in recent years, “...the California Department of Managed Health Care found that the number of contested denials handled ...
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  • The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action (“EDC”) announced last week that 65 bipartisan Members of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives sent letters to the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) urging that questions about eating disorders be re-included within the CDC national surveillance systems such as the CDC’s Youth Risk ...
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  • On October 5, 2017, Kantor & Kantor, LLP joined over 100 advocates on Capitol Hill for The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action’s (EDC) Advocacy Day. Advocacy Day kicked off with welcome-speeches given by long-time EDC champion, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Kitty Westin, one of the founding members of the EDC who lost her daughter Anna Westin to anorexia in ...
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  • National Suicide Prevention Month

    || 15-Sep-2017

    Suicide. It’s not an easy topic to talk or blog about. But thankfully, through the hard work of people such as Pete Domenici, Ted and Patrick Kennedy, Paul Wellstone, Jim Ramstad, and so many amazing organizations like American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Crisis Text Line, we live in a day and age where we can talk about suicide. Yet, there remains much stigma around mental ...
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  • When School Officials Think You're Fat

    || 28-Aug-2017

    For the past 72-hours, social media newsfeeds have been buzzing with posts about what a South Carolina Principal said to students this week during assemblies that, in part, discussed the school’s dress code. Here are her comments as shared by ABC News’s Drew Tripp: “(Leggings are) meant to wear underneath a long shirt that covers your heiny, or a long sweater of some type, or a ...
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  • Help Protect Access to Mental Health Treatment

    || 24-Jul-2017

    Today, Monday, July 24, it appears the US Senate plans to vote on one of two bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as early as tomorrow, Tuesday, July 25. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) urges you to contact your US Senators to ask them to vote no on either health care reform option because – •Either option will mean fewer Americans with mental illness will ...
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  • Kantor & Kantor is happy to announce that it has won an important victory in New Jersey on behalf of a woman with bulimia nervosa. The woman, whose name is being kept anonymous to protect her privacy, began experiencing symptoms of her eating disorder when she was only eight years old. The eating disorder was left untreated for ten years. Over a two year period the woman cycled in and out of ...
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  • Written by Craig Kramer, Lisa Kantor, & Brian Flegg January 2017 The second annual U.S. leadership summit on eating disorders was held January 12-13, 2017, at the headquarters of Google's life science division, Verily, in South San Francisco, California. The summit is a meeting of top leaders from the U.S. eating disorder community with the goal of finding ways to unite forces in order to ...
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  • Why Insurance Companies Should Know About the Minnesota Starvation Study

    || 12-Jan-2017

    The Minnesota Starvation Study, conducted over 70 years ago, provides us with enlightening and important information about the power of starvation on the human body. While the findings of this study are not news to most of us in this field, it is an immediate reminder as to why weight restoration on its own is not the answer. It is a reminder of both the physical and emotional influences that ...
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  • Having Trouble Finding an Eating Disorder Therapist Who Takes Insurance? Here's Why

    || 15-Dec-2016

    Guest Post by Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS, and Alli Spotts-De Lazzer, LMFT, LPCC, CEDS In our previous article, " Consumer Beware: What You Should Know About In-Network Insurance Provider Lists," we described how parent advocate, James Cameron, had difficulty finding qualified eating disorder trained providers among the list of "eating disorder therapists" provided by his ...
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  • And remember – we call it the good fight not because it is the easy fight but because it is the right fight. - Cleo Wade Yesterday something big happened. Something huge. It's called The 21st Century Cures Act and it has been termed the most significant piece of mental health legislation since 2008. This bill, the first of its kind to be passed in both the House and the Senate, was a ...
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  • Why Are We Still Making A Mockery Of Mental Illness?

    || 13-Oct-2016

    Originally written for The Huffington Post With the emergence of fall comes the promise of Halloween and all things pumpkin spice, festive, and spooky. It’s no surprise that the people behind the scenes of Knott’s Berry Farm carefully curated a new attraction to cater to this season; an attraction to entertain a crowd of consumers who enjoy being spooked. An attraction that, in its ...
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  • The tide is turning on coverage for nutritional counseling for eating disorder patients. Many eating disorder patients are wrongfully denied coverage for nutritional counseling despite evidence that such treatment is an effective component for the treatment of eating disorders. On August 22, 2016, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with HealthNow, New York, Inc., ...
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  • Why I Don't Believe In Cheat Days

    || 11-Aug-2016

    Last Spring, the UK Fashion Retailer New Look was blasted for promoting dieting messages to some of its youngest shoppers. The shop offered a set of pajamas with a pizza slice pattern and the words "cheat day" emblazoned across the chest. This culturally driven, heavily loaded piece of clothing was found in the children's section, where sizes are dedicated to 7-12 year olds. I'm ...
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  • Why The Blame So Often Falls Upon The Victim

    || 21-Jul-2016

    Originally posted on The Huffington Post I recently came across an article called Why Society Blames Victims, According To Science. A fascinating and worthy topic, this article explores the depths and complexities of why people place blame and fault upon victims. A victim is commonly understood to be a person who has been attacked, injured, hurt, cheated, or fooled by another. So why then, do so ...
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  • On July 6, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives took a huge step forward to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness. The House passed H.R.2646, the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act," sponsored by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) with votes tallying an overwhelming 422 to 2. Although originally intended to inspire a massive ...
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  • In March 2016, the President signed a Presidential Memorandum creating a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force. The goal of the Task Force is to ensure that Americans receive the coverage and treatment that they need. In the eating disorder world, we simply cannot afford to sit around waiting for equality. Hoping for parity. Praying for access to life-saving treatment. Despite ...
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  • Kantor & Kantor Prevails on Behalf of Bulimia Patient

    || 16-Jun-2016

    Kantor & Kantor is happy to announce that it has won an important victory on behalf of a young woman with bulimia nervosa. The woman, whose name has been kept anonymous by the court due to her young age, entered residential treatment for her bulimia in 2012. She submitted a claim for benefits to her insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Anthem paid for the first twenty days of ...
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  • Hello, My Name Is Depression

    || 19-May-2016

    Orignally written for the Huffington Post The National Alliance on Mental Illness ( NAMI ) has devoted the month of May as a time to promote awareness and education around mental health. Each year, the goal is to fight stigma, create stronger support systems, and advocate for equal mental health care. Every year, we need this month of commitment to mental health. We need it because there are ...
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  • An NBC news investigation has found that health plans improperly denied coverage of mental health services in 48 percent of all cases. The California Department of Managed Health Care ("DMHC") conducts independent medical reviews of insurance health claims denied based on lack of medical necessity. The DMHC reviews have resulted in overturning more mental health denials than any other ...
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  • May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

    || 21-Apr-2016

    Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949 by Presidential proclamation. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental condition. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older—about one in four adults—suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any ...
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  • Weight Watchers, Why Do We Need You?

    || 14-Apr-2016

    A recent article (featured in Jezebel ) brings light to a fresh and trendy shift in marketing for the long-time dieting corporation of Weight Watchers. Most of us recognize Weight Watchers as one long string of attempts to convince women that they will be happier, more successful, and well liked when they become a thinner version of themselves. For decades, they have boasted images of ...
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  • If We Treated Ourselves The Way We Treat Our Children

    || 17-Mar-2016

    Originally posted on Huffington Post I was out for a breezy afternoon stroller walk with my toddlers when I had an epiphany. An inkling. An understanding. It’s the only time of day that I have them strapped into one place — where their buzzing bodies remain temporarily stationary and static, giving me time for clarity, reflection, and bits of quiet. Amid bending over to collect fallen ...
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  • Consumer Beware: What you should know about in-network insurance provider lists

    || 10-Mar-2016

    Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS and Alli Spotts-De Lazzer, LMFT, LPCC, CEDS This guest post was written for Kantor & Kantor as the first of a series examining insurance and outpatient treatment providers. Check back soon for more. If you found out that that your in-network oncologist checked a box that he/she treats cancer, and the insurance company required no further verification of this ...
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