Lawmaker seeks coverage for eating disorders

Type:  Coverage 

By Andy Metzger

State House News Service

The mortality rate for anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder, is the highest of any psychiatric disorder, yet health plans usually do not cover treatment for anorexia until patients experience severe weight loss, state Representative Kay Khan told lawmakers Tuesday. The Newton Democrat asked members of the Financial Services Committee to include eating disorders as a biological illness, requiring insurance companies to provide full coverage. In the case of an adverse determination, the bill would also shift the burden of proof to the insurer rather than requiring the medical provider to justify the treatment as medically necessary, according to Khan’s written testimony.