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EDC National Spring Lobby Day is April 18th!

Join us in Washington, DC for our next Lobby Day! 

Monday, April 18, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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Anna Westin Act Virtual Action Day, January 28th

Comprehensive mental health bills will soon be moving in Congress.

We need your help to get the Anna Westin Act passed. Tell your Representative to sign-on to the Anna Westin Act!

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SENATE PASSES THE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS AND IMPROVEMENT ACT
December 22, 2015

The Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act reauthorizes and improves programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services related to awareness, prevention, and early identification of mental health conditions, and the promotion of linkages to appropriate services for children and youth.

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KENNEDY BILL SEEKS REASONS FOR DENIAL OF MENTAL HEALTH CLAIMS (THE BOSTON GLOBE)
December 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Denial letters from the insurance company kept coming, causing more anxiety for a desperate family.

Linda and David Downey had sent 19-year-old Emaleigh from their home in Beverly to a renowned — and highly expensive — residential eating-disorder clinic in Tucson. In March, their daughter was in serious danger, her bones protruding, her kidneys and liver failing, her heart rate in the 30s, according to her mother and a Globe review of medical records.

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Breaking the Silence (The Salem News)
November 19, 2015

BEVERLY - For years, the Downey family was not allowed to even mention the word "anorexia."

Emaleigh Downey was diagnosed with the eating disorder when she was 12 years old. She lost weight, missed school, suffered anxiety and depression, and became increasingly isolated.

"People don't understand eating disorders so I tried to pretend like I was normal," she said. "But having to keep everything in check and trying to participate in normal life activities was pretty much impossible. It took away any chance of me hacing a normal, functional life."

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