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Eating Disorders Do Not Discriminate: A Reminder Of The Daily Struggle For Men

It's no surprise that as a society, we overlook males with eating disorders. This deadly disease has been extensively labeled and cast as a "female" disease, (and even still females are ...
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Your Insurance Company Wants You to Give Up On Your Claim

Insurance benefits provided by your employer benefit plan are usually governed by the federal laws of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act). Not all plans are insured, and instead may be ...
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Class Action Challenges Anthem's Eating Disorder Guidelines

Shelby Oppel and Bryndis Klein, for themselves and for all other similarly situated California residents vs. Anthem Blue Cross Life & Health Insurance Company This lawsuit, recently filed by ...
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Guest Blogger Brian Cuban Reflects on Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Readers, please be advised that this blog contains content that reflects the reality of Brian's struggles with various addiction and suicidal intent. As we approach Eating Disorder Awareness week, ...
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When Your "Independent" Medical Review is Hardly Independent

Unfortunately, we have come to learn that there is no shortage of tactics that insurers will use to deny claims. Insurers are notorious for denying claims…while boosting their bottom line. They ...
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Parity Prevails After Cigna Wrongfully Denies Mental Health Treatment Claims

Kantor & Kantor celebrates a fantastic victory announced today by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. After exposing Cigna Corporation for numerous wrongful mental health insurance ...
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Guest Blogger Shannon Cutts on Mentoring as an Essential Component of Recovery

By Shannon Cutts (as published in Gurze Books' "Eating Disorders Recovery Today", Winter 2009 ) I can sum up my own recovery from anorexia and bulimia with four words— ...
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5 Fun Facts About Final Federal Mental Health Parity Rules

For claimants whose claims have been denied due to Plans providing inequitable benefits for mental health treatment, the new rules issued by the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human ...
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What You Should Know About the Most Common Eating Disorder in America

When people think about eating disorders, they often imagine an emaciated girl with anorexia – or perhaps a young white girl battling the treacherous cycles of bulimia. While those ideas can ...
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Unreasonable Mental Health Insurance Denials

Do you ever wonder what justifications insurers use for denying mental health benefits? In our experience, we have come to learn that the reasoning behind these types of insurance denials can be ...
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New Rules Help, But The Fight For Parity Continues

What The "Final Rules" Really Mean Last month, the mental health community celebrated as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the "Final Rule" for the Paul ...
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Eating Disorders in the Military: The Secret War Our Soldiers Are Fighting

As reported by ABC news on February 8, 2012, Jenifer Beaudean's bulimia began when she was a third-year cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. She felt pressure from her ...
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Levels of Care for Eating Disorder Treatment: What is the best fit for me?

Blog contributed by: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC and Crystal Karges, RDN, IBCLC of Eating Disorder Hope Entering treatment for an eating disorder is the first step toward finding healing, recovery and ...
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Beware of Fat Letters and Fat Shaming This Halloween

What's scarier than a haunted house on Halloween? Someone passing out "fat letters" to your trick-or-treating child. As reported in USA Today, a North Dakota woman has a horrific and ...
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When Relatives Talk Fat: Eating Disorders and Holiday Dinner Conversation

The holidays are a time for conversation, tradition, special foods, and family. For those battling an eating disorder, however, the holidays can be an incredibly different and overwhelming experience. ...
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Why We Think It's a Bad Idea for Michelle Obama to Appear on "The Biggest Loser"

By Lisa S. Kantor, Esq. & Rachel Teicher NBC's popular reality show, The Biggest Loser, has returned for its 15 th season. The message in the show is clear: significant weight loss is good, ...
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What We Wish Insurance Companies Knew About Weight and Eating Disorders

Below are a few examples of denials that our clients have received from their insurance company. These clients (and countless others) have all been adversely affected by an insurance company's ...
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Resistance to Change - Combating Weight Stigma

Originally posted on BEDA's WSAW blog As an advocate for those with eating disorders, a question I often ponder is, "how long must we wait before the truths that dieting does not work, all ...
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Reading, Writing and BMI

As recently reported by CNN and in several news stories over the last few days, the parents of elementary school students in 19 states -- including Arkansas, Illinois, California and Massachusetts ...
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An Evening with the Eating Disorders Coalition: Celebrating All Eating Disorder Recovery Advocates

On Tuesday October 1 st, the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) successfully hosted their first annual fundraiser, featuring several very influential advocates to the eating disorder community. This ...
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Are You Eligible For Low-Cost Health Insurance in the New Marketplace?

A recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), often referred to as "Obamacare," announced that the ...
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California Bill Increases Privacy Protection for Patients with Mental Illness

A report from NPR on September 17, 2013 provided good news to patients who are covered under another person's health insurance. A California Bill awaiting Governor Brown's signature would ...
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Q & A with Lisa Kantor: How to Get Coverage for the Treatment of My Eating Disorder

Do you have questions? We have answers. This month we decided to do something a little bit different for our newsletter. We reached out to the eating disorder community to find out the type of ...
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Eating disorders: What's the big deal?

Introducing guest blogger Marci Warhaft-Nadler. Marci is a published author, founder of the Fit vs Fiction workshops, and a writer for the Huffington Post. Her own recovery journey has been ...
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One Of The Most Disturbing Barriers to Eating Disorder Treatment

By Rachel Teicher & Lisa Kantor, Esq. - Kantor & Kantor, LLP Origianlly posted on Eating Disorders Blogs At long last, you decided to reach out for help. To make a change. To take a leap. ...
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