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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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  • Dear Eating Disorder, I Can't Erase You

    || 26-Feb-2016

    Dear Eating Disorder, I can't erase you. You are inextricably linked to my past, uncomfortably tied to my heart, and unpleasantly weaved into what used to be. I close my eyes, but there are reminders everywhere. A friend points to her stomach and says she's getting fat. Her voice begins to fade as I remember. I spend a few too many minutes looking at my reflection, trying on clothes, ...
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  • US Representative Joe Kennedy III recently introduced an important bill, a bill that would force transparency guidelines upon insurance companies, a bill that would require insurance companies to disclose to federal regulators how often they deny mental health or substance abuse claims - as well as cite specific reasons for their denials, a bill that will finally provide confused and frustrated ...
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  • 10 Things You Might Not Know About Eating Disorder Legal Assistance

    || 21-Jan-2016

    1. Did you know that we work on contingency? We are here to help you and relieve stress, not cause you more stress or financial worry as you work to recover. For this reason, we work on a contingency-fee basis. So, what does that really mean? It means that you do not pay us a fee unless we win your case and get your claim paid. It's simple: you win, we get paid. 2. Did you know that we write ...
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  • Why We Need the Mental Health & Autism Insurance Project

    || 17-Dec-2015

    You may have heard about - or directly experienced - an insurance denial for some type of medical care (i.e. you need a medical treatment or service, and your insurance company thinks otherwise). You may have even experienced an outright lack of coverage for specific medical needs (i.e. you need a medical treatment or service, and your insurance company simply doesn't cover it). These things ...
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  • We Will Not Go On In Silent Desperation Anymore

    || 8-Oct-2015

    My father went on in silent desperation for much of his life. After breaking free from a lifetime of being held hostage to the Kennedy "family code," former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy reveals the devastating realities of living a life of conspiracy and silence, of living quietly in the center of a family disease; of being infected by the pathology of silence. In his honest and ...
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  • If I Could See Myself Through Your Eyes

    || 24-Sep-2015

    Originally posted on Huffington Post A few years back, my husband gave me a charming and eye-opening anniversary card. On the cover were little buttons forming the shape of a big heart. His message inside read: If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then, would you see how special you are to me. The idea that we each perceived ...
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  • Let's Help Each Other Carry the Weight of Recovery

    || 24-Sep-2015

    Originally posted on Huffington Post Admitting to yourself (and to others) that you have an eating disorder is hard. Seeking treatment for an eating disorder is hard. Working through recovery is hard. This eating disorder business is very hard. And yet we carry on and continue moving forward with the hope of a better life. We use intrinsic motivation and the promise of peace to drive us forward. ...
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  • CALL TO ACTION: We need your help!

    || 3-Sep-2015

    Dear Friends, I am writing to encourage you to support California Bill AB 17x2. The intent of this Bill is to stop the practice of regulator shopping by health plans, specifically Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and ensure that the cost of medically necessary treatment to California patients struggling to cope with mental illnesses will be covered by their health plans. I have attached a letter which ...
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