Eating Disorders are Mental Health Conditions Subject to Parity Law
July 20, 2017
The Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services (Departments) continue to issue FAQs addressing the implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), as amended by the Affordable Care Act and the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act).
Bipartisan Resolution for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives
July 10, 2017
On June 29, 2017, Congressman Tim Murphy [R-PA-18] and Congressman G.K. Butterfield [D-NC-1] of the House Energy & Commerce Committee led the introduction of a bipartisan House of Representatives Resolution to create a Congressionally recognized National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. With forty-two bipartisan U.S. House of Representatives signing-on as original co-sponsors, House Resolution Number 428 (H.Res.428) demonstrates a strong Congressional support for raising awareness and understanding of eating disorders.
Action Alert: Call Your Senators Today!
June 26, 2017
The Senate is planning to vote on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act this week. Current proposals will allow states to waive the essential health benefits, including mental health and substance use disorder benefits. Please call your Senators today and ask that they save the Essential Health Benefit of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder. Your voice makes a difference!
Eating Disorders Eligible for Research Funding to Help Military Servicemembers and Families
May 30, 2017
Led by Senator Shelley Moore Capito, for the first time eating disorders are eligible for research funding to help our warriors and their families affected by this serious mental illness.
Congress to the Administration - We Can't Wait Any Longer
May 23, 2017
Last week, a bipartisan group of Senators and Congressmen sent a House of Representatives letter and Senate letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price urging full implementation of eating disorder laws originating from the Anna Westin Act passed within the 21st Century Cures Act last December. Led by Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Tim Murphy (R-PA), and Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), a combined 54 bipartisan Members urged the Secretary to prioritize these provisions and ensure that people suffering from the deadliest mental illness have access to quality, affordable, and adequate treatment, and that health professionals have the training to identify eating disorders early.