Missouri Signs Bill Into Law Initiating Study of Insurance Coverage for Eating Disorders

New State Legislature regarding insurance coverage of eating disorders.

Online PR News – 09-July-2013 – Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri state legislature has authorized an actuarial study on the costs of eating disorder insurance reform. Senate Bill 161, sponsored by Missouri Senator David Pearce, passed with bi-partisan support and was signed today by Governor Jay Nixon.

The actuarial study, set to be completed by the end of 2013, will assess the cost of insurance coverage for the treatment of eating disorders in the state of Missouri. This study is a crucial step in the pursuit of insurance reform, as the analysis is required before a coverage mandate can be implemented. Missouri is paving the way for other states to implement similar initiatives. Appropriate insurance coverage for eating disorders can save countless lives.

Passionate advocates from the National Eating Disorders Association’s (NEDA) Solutions Through Advocacy and Reform (STAR) Program and NEDA Network member, the Missouri Eating Disorders Association, fought for the bill’s passage. NEDA’s STAR Program fights for legislative change that would improve the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.

Commented Taryn O’Brien, NEDA’s STAR Program Manager, “NEDA thanks our STAR Program advocates in Missouri for their dedication to fighting eating disorders. Through their hard work over the years, the team has made a large and lasting impact in the state. We look forward to future policy work to build on this monumental victory.”

Said Annie Seal, NEDA STAR Program Advocate and President of the Missouri Eating Disorders Association, “For those of us who have been personally affected by this terrible disease, we believe that complete, quality treatment is more cost-effective than limited, inadequate treatment. We are confident that similar to other state’s actuarial studies, the Missouri study will show costs to provide complete treatment are negligible. Many thanks to our bill sponsor, Senator David Pearce, our House bill sponsor, Representative Rick Stream and everyone in Missouri who worked so hard to make this happen.”

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), headquartered in New York City, is the leading U.S. non-profit organization supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Each year, NEDA helps millions of people across the country find information and appropriate treatment resources through its toll-free, live helpline, its many outreach programs and website. NEDA advocates for advancements in the field and envisions a world without eating disorders. For more information, visit www.MyNEDA.org

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