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Hello, My Name Is Depression

Orignally written for the Huffington PostThe 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 […]

6 Things Your Insurance Company Doesn’t Want You to Know About Eating Disorder Treatment

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 […]

Missouri Bill Challenges Insurers to Comply with Parity and Cover Eating Disorder Treatment

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 […]

Why We Need Anna’s Law

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 […]

Know Your Rights to Mental Health Benefits…Then Fight for Them

The American Psychiatric Association (“APA”) released their poster for Mental Health Parity and knowing your rights.The poster outlines 10 key elements of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act 2008 (“MHPEA”) and how to identify whether your insurance company has potentially violated this law. We implore anyone who has been denied coverage by their […]