Binge Eating Treatment: Yes, Insurance DOES Cover it
By Cyndi Eddington
Eating disorders, like other mental illnesses, are often stigmatized. This can cause people with binge eating disorder (BED) and other eating disorders to feel a great deal of shame. Shame and secretiveness can keep people from talking about their problems — and keep them from reaching out for help.
If you have binge eating disorder, it does not mean you lack self-control. It means that you suffer from a mental illness that requires specialized therapeutic care. There is no shame in having BED and there is no shame in seeking professional help.
Since binge eating disorder is a serious illness, many health insurance policies DO cover binge eating treatment.
Help for binge eating disorder
Binge eating disorder is defined as bouts of overeating accompanied by feelings of distress and loss of control. In 2013, binge eating disorder was acknowledged as a separate and distinct eating disorder when it was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).
This change was good news to the millions of people suffering with binge eating disorder. Now, like those who struggle with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, those who struggle with binge eating can get the help that they need. And they can take advantage of health insurance to get the best treatment available.
If your insurance is mandated to offer Essential Health Benefits (EHB), you are eligible to get effective treatment for binge eating.
Guiding you through the insurance process
At Eating Recovery Center, we utilize all of the resources that we have available to help patients with binge eating disorder and other eating disorders or mental health issues. Our business office is specially equipped to investigate your insurance for you to help you understand your benefits and coverage.
We pledge to communicate as much as we need to with your insurance company, to help you get the most out of treatment — so that you can move forward towards full recovery.
No matter where you choose to seek care, it is important to choose a treatment team familiar with the insurance benefit review and authorization process. Ideally, your treatment team has tools that allow them to communicate with your insurance provider — to help you get the most out of treatment.
Help for compulsive overeating
People with serious health issues shouldn’t have to worry about how to pay for treatment. Let us take some of the burden off your shoulders; we will do everything we can to make the insurance and payment process as smooth as possible while you are in treatment.
If you suspect that you have binge eating disorder or another related issue (food addiction, emotional eating, compulsive overeating), please call a member of our Clinical Assessment Team at 877-711-1878 to learn more about our program.
We can help you begin the healing process with specialized treatment for binge eating disorder. A full and lasting recovery is possible.
Learn more about health insurance coverage for binge eating disorder treatment.
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