Eating Disorders and Insurance Advocate Kathleen MacDonald Joins the EDC as Policy Director

Today, The Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action (EDC) announced that eating disorders and insurance advocate, Kathleen MacDonald, will be joining the EDC as Policy Director. Although the health team at Kantor & Kantor, LLP will greatly miss her contribution, passion, and dedication we are so pleased to see MacDonald continue in her efforts to advocate for those with eating disorders.

"Our firm continues to work very closely with the EDC in a strong collaborative relationship, and I feel that this transition will be smooth one for Kathleen," said Lisa Kantor. "Her diligence, devotion, and careful attention to her work has been a remarkable asset to our firm, and I am confident that her knowledge and expertise in insurance advocacy and policy will create a lasting impact with the EDC and all its efforts. All of us at Kantor & Kantor, LLP are thrilled to see Kathleen accept this prestigious position."

MacDonald is nationally recognized expert in the education and prevention of eating and body image issues, as well as policy relating to eating disorders and mental health parity. For more than half her life, MacDonald struggled with chronic dieting, anorexia, bulimia, exercise bulimia, disordered eating, and body image issues, conditions from which she has fully recovered. In 2004, MacDonald partnered with The Gail R. Schoenbach F.R.E.E.D. Foundation (For Recovery and Elimination of Eating Disorders) as Education and Prevention Coordinator, and Insurance and Patient Advocate. As a lead expert, she helped research and develop the "Education and Prevention" section of The FREED Act (The Federal Response to Eliminating Eating Disorders), the first comprehensive federal bill to address Eating Disorders and is responsible for the inclusion of the Patient Advocacy section. In 2008 MacDonald became Policy Assistant for the Eating Disorders Coalition, and subsequently joined Kantor & Kantor, LLP in 2012 working on appeals for eating disorder cases.

MacDonald returns to work with the EDC once again, this time as Policy Director. We expect her work to continue to inspire recovery in those with eating disorders, to encourage awareness and prevention of eating disorders, to advocate on behalf of others, and to change laws around insurance policy and eating disorders. Today, we celebrate with the EDC as they welcome MacDonald back to their team.

"My time at Kantor & Kantor, LLP was invaluable and I will be forever thankful to everyone at the firm, especially the Health Team. Lisa Kantor, founding partner of Kantor & Kantor and EDC Board Member, has been a teacher to me, a mentor and a friend, and she encouraged me to become Policy Director at the EDC. Although I am leaving my official position at Kantor & Kantor, LLP, she and I will continue to collaborate in order to positively impact all those affected by eating disorders," said MacDonald. "I offer my deepest gratitude to all the individuals and organizations who have paved the way for the work of the EDC. I am thrilled to work with EDC advocates in order to fulfill the EDC's mission of positively shifting the course of all those affected by these insidious brain disorders. I feel incredibly blessed and humbled to take on this role with the EDC."

About Kantor & Kantor, LLP's Eating Disorder Practice

Kantor & Kantor, LLP has developed a specialized legal practice representing clients whose claims for treatment of eating disorders, and dual diagnosis (substance abuse and other co-morbid conditions) have been unfairly denied by their health insurers or benefit plan. Kantor & Kantor, LLP's aggressive approach to litigation and legislation has brought justice for clients who have found themselves fighting for their insurance benefits when benefits were wrongfully denied.

On August 4, 2012, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed Kantor & Kantor, LLP a victory for firm client Jeanene Harlick, ruling that under California's Mental Health Parity Statute California insurers must cover all medically necessary treatment for the nine mental health conditions the parity statute enumerates, including bulimia and anorexia. In the past decade, the firm has won a number of other notable appellate court decisions for people with eating disorders and other disabling physical and mental illnesses. For more information about legal assistance for eating disorders, follow this link: follow us on our blog and Facebook.

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