Although eating disorders are based on genetic components and certain bio-chemical predispositions, they are grossly marginalized as psychiatric diseases in ways inhibit awareness, treatment and outreach.
Two bills have been introduced in Congress that would eliminate the ability of insurance companies to discriminate and cherry-pick which mental diseases deserve treatment coverage. In the House, this would be The Paul Wellstone Mental Health & Addiction Equity Act of 2007 (H.R. 1424), and the Mental Health Parity Act (S. 558) in the Senate. However, the House version is stronger because it includes language specific to eating disorders.
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