Family and Friends Newsletter
First Ever Legislation Victory for Eating Disorders
Groundbreaking legislation, the 21st Century Cures Act, was passed in the last few days of the Obama administration. The bill includes important language surrounding eating disorder recognition and treatment. The passing of this bill has the potential to change millions of lives with its clause that ensures that healthcare professionals know how to both recognize and treat eating disorders. The bill will also ensure that insurance companies treat eating disorders the same as they would treat a physical condition. Mental health parity – treating physical and mental illnesses equally – became a law in 2008, however eating disorders were excluded up until this point.
Check out more by Kitty Westin, who spearheaded the bill in memory of her daughter, on her blog post here.
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