Assembly Passes Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage For Eating Disorder Treatments

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ALBANY – The New York State Assembly passed legislation Tuesday requiring insurance companies to provide full coverage for all aspects of eating disorder treatments.

The bill, sponsered by Assemblymember Nily Rozic, was passed by a vote of 131-5. Assemblyman Andrew Goodell was one of the assemblymembers who supported the bill.

“Eating disorders are a treatable mental illness that affect a person’s mental and physical health,” Speaker Heastie said. “This bill ensures that those suffering from an eating disorder or their families are not burdened by costly treatment programs.”

“Eating disorders are a serious illness that can be highly treatable with affordable medical care that doesn’t leave families choosing between bankruptcy and recovery,” said Assemblymember Nily Rozic. “Passing this bill is critical to not only ensuring proper insurance coverage, but also improving education and awareness about the complexities of eating disorders and effective treatment.”

The bill would require insurers to provide coverage for inpatient hospital care and physician services, bringing coverage of these disorders up to date with existing mental health parity laws.

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