Blog Posts in 2015

  • 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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  • The Growing Debate Over Orthorexia

    || 30-Jul-2015

    In 1997, Dr. Steven Bratman coined the term orthorexia to help his patients realize that instead of being healthy, their eating habits were disordered. Then in 2004, Dr. Bratman expanded his theory of orthorexia in his book, Health Food Junkies. The only problem is that unlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, orthorexia nervosa is not an official disorder. Orthorexia nervosa, as originally ...
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  • What You Should Know Before You Call Your Insurance Company

    || 9-Jul-2015

    Let's face it; calling your insurance company about a health related claim is probably NOT on your list of things you want to try. In fact, calling your health-insurance provider is right up on the Most Dreaded List with getting a colonoscopy. So, what can you do to make this process a little less painful? Prevention Magazine reveals a few secrets that might help you master the unpleasant task ...
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  • Decoding the Language of Insurance Denials

    || 18-Jun-2015

    Making sense of your insurance denial can be very tedious, overwhelming, and stressful — and even more so when you do not understand the "language." Sifting through confusing legalese (and what seems to be bizarre and unreasonable logic from insurance companies) can make advocating for your health feel unmanageable. Not only are you fighting for your health and wellbeing, but you ...
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  • There are countless barriers and obstacles to beginning and completing an eating disorder recovery journey. For some, the recovery process can be a constant and unfinished work. A continuous motion. A conscious effort. Our friend and colleague Shannon Cutts spoke on this concept beautifully, “If we want to win the war against Ed, we need to know two things: 1) we are in a war, and 2) we can ...
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  • 1. They utilize internal guidelines. Many insurances companies will make decisions based upon their own internal guidelines. They will deny or approve claims for eating disorder treatment, or deny a specific level of treatment, without providing transparency for how these decisions are being made. For a clear and simple description of what insurers should be using ( American Psychiatric ...
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  • On May 13, 2015, the Missouri State House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 145 (SB 145) requiring insurance companies to provide proper diagnosis and treatment for eating disorders. After seven years of much effort, dedication, and advocacy, the legislation finally passed and remains in the hands of Governor Jay Nixon for approval. The new legislation would require insurance companies to make ...
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  • Why We Need Anna's Law

    || 21-May-2015

    It is excruciatingly painful to remember how much she suffered and how helpless we felt when we were fighting for her life at the same time we were fighting her insurance company. The pain of having a child die does not go away. It does become bearable over time and I have found a way to live without Anna much like people find a way to live without a limb. ~Kitty Westin No parent should ever have ...
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  • When seeking treatment for an eating disorder, making the decision to fight for your life can be a dreadful and terrifying task. Add on fighting with your insurance company, and the pressure and stress can quickly escalate. If you receive an insurance denial for the treatment of your eating disorder, do not give up here! The road might be complicated, but you have the power and tools necessary to ...
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  • Founding Partner Lisa S. Kantor has been nominated for the 2015 "Women in Business" award by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. The 14 th Annual Women in Business Award identifies and spotlights the very best women in business in the San Fernando Valley region. It is a great honor for Kantor to be recognized by the SFVBJ, as well as the community, for her tireless dedication and ...
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  • Who Denied Your Insurance Claim?

    || 16-Mar-2015

    It is your right to know who denied your insurance claim. Unfortunately, insurance companies often do not explain who is making the decision to your claim. For example, Anthem Blue Cross of California's denial letters reference a "medical reviewer" although the letter is signed by an Anthem Medical Director. It can be unclear whether it was the medical reviewer or the Anthem Medical ...
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