“Eating disorders affect 10% of the population & are the second deadliest mental health disorder after opioid use disorder”
The Kennedy Forum and Project Heal, has just put on “An Evening with Patrick J. Kennedy,” in order to inform everyone about an important new program known as Edequity. This initiative is geared to determine where the critical gaps lie in general treatment for eating disorders, as well as to drive solutions via strategic partnerships, custom appeals resources, parity education, and more.
The Failings of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act
Regardless of this important Federal Parity Law Equity Act: “which requires most insurers to cover illnesses of the brain no more restrictively than illnesses of the body, 70% of those suffering from eating disorders don’t get treatment, largely due to insufficient insurance coverage”. This is a very high percentage indeed, and insurers’ unlawful denials of care, frequently mean that families are pushed to: go without medical treatment due to not having the necessary funds; re-mortgage their homes; or empty out their retirement accounts.
A Much Needed Solution
Thanks to Edequity’s new initiative, families are being empowered to: discover helpful resources; connect with support systems; steer their way through the intricate insurance appeals process; comprehend their parity rights; and if needed, learn how to pursue legal action.
What is The Kennedy Forum?
The is a nationwide non-profit organization with a mission to advance mental health parity. It is very experienced in appeals processes. Moreover, in 2015, it launched , an extremely useful portal which offers visitors: a platform for sending complaints to state enforcement officials; links to vital resources; and guidance on detailed appeals. Former U.S. Rep, founder of the Kennedy Forum, and lead author of Federal Parity Law, Patrick J. Kennedy, stated that: “EDequity is a first of its kind in that it focuses specifically on eating disorders. When you have people coming together to share experiences, identify common roadblocks, and advance best practices, things are going to change. For far too long, those with mental health conditions, including eating disorders, have faced a separate and unequal system of care. Enough is enough”. Strong words indeed, all of which very fittingly describe the current status quo, not just in the US, but all over the world.
What is Project Heal?
This is America’s biggest non-profit grassroots organization, which is set up to help individuals with eating disorders. It aims to provide users with access to healing through the country’s first all-inclusive eating disorder peer support program – Communities of HEALing; and a treatment access program. When they were just 15 years of age, the organization’s co-founders, Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran – both of whom had been suffering from anorexia, set up HEAL. Since that time, they have gone from strength to strength, helped numerous sufferers, and of late, become the top voice of support and recovery for a worldwide community of 100,000 patients and families who are associated via 40 chapters. Now that really is a noteworthy achievement.