I will be attending a workshop during the International Eating Disorders Association for Professionals Conference in March, which will focus specifically on the issue of dealing with insurance companies, and how to protect your rights and obtain the coverage you are deserved.
Lisa Kantor, Esq., who will be hosting this workshop, offers the following examples of stupid things that insurance companies have used for excuses to deny coverage for treatment of an eating disorder:
- The client is compliant or non-compliant (both have been used to deny benefits).
- The client has 'sufficient support' at home and therefore doesn't need residential treatment.
- The client is 'chronic' and basically beyond hope.
- The client hasn't tried outpatient treatment first.