Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Action Alert: Eating Disorder Bill Introduced in Texas

Action Alert!

Eating Disorder Bill Introduced in Texas!

House Bill 1292, sponsored by Representative Garnet Coleman, will amend the existing insurance code, adding eating disorders to the list of serious mental illnesses, requiring insurers to cover treatment for these devastating conditions. Adoption of this important initiative could help to save lives by ensuring that individuals with eating disorders have access to the care that they so drastically need.

Your support is needed to pass this important initiative.

1) Please email to hear updates about the bill and to find out how you can continue to support the effort, and

2) Please take a few moments to contact your representatives today.

You can call, write, or email to encourage them to Vote Yes on House Bill 1292 to add eating disorders to the list of covered conditions under the state mental health parity law.

Your help could be invaluable.

Attached you will find information about writing to your legislator, and a letter/email template.

Your representatives can be found by visiting: and entering your address in the “Who Represents Me” box.

Click here to read the full text of the bill.

Currently we believe that there are 24 million people in the US who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder. We also know that so many cases go undiagnosed and people suffer in silence due to the lack of insurance coverage. Providing access to early, adequate care would help alleviate the serious health consequences that accompany prolonged eating disorders, it could save the emotional turmoil involved for the entire family, and of course the financial burden of treatment would lessen significantly if the there were adequate access to treatment.

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