Carrying on the conversation of eating disorders and mental health parity from yesterday, Illinois is poised to become the 17th state to mandate insurance companies to pay for the treatment of anorexia and bulimia. The bill, which has gone to Gov. Rod Blagojevich to sign into law and is currently “under review,” would require coverage for 45 days as an inpatient and 60 outpatient visits each calendar year. The coverage still not enough for the most severe cases, experts say, but it does represent a start in parity of coverage for issues of mental health. Send a note to Gov Blagojevich’s office encouraging him to sign the bill into law.
Actress and recovering eating disorder sufferer Brittany Snow told People magazine that’s she’s shelved her trainer and sworn off dieting. The 22-year-old starlet said she’s focusing more on her own mental health. “I refuse to do the whole diet, fitness, style thing anymore,” said Snow. “I just kind of go and have fun. I know what I like, I know what makes me feel good, and that’s just what I do.”
Caring for an individual with an eating disorder can be an exhausting, mentally-draining and arduous ordeal, as shared by moms Harriet Brown and Laura Collins. Now the King’s College at London offers a free course to give carers the necessary skills to help their loved ones battle an eating disorder. Interested in participating in the web-based program? Go here for more information and to sign up.