Tuesday, July 05, 2011

FREE Teleconference - Navigating Insurance Obstacles When Seeking Eating Disorder Treatment


A MentorCONNECT Teleconference with Lisa Kantor, JD


Houston, July 5, 2011 –    On Wednesday, July 13 at 8pm CST, MentorConnect, the first online global eating disorder mentoring community will host a FREE Teleconference featuring Lisa Kantor, JD, the leading eating disorders litigation specialist in the country.  During the 75 minute teleconference, Ms. Kantor will share her insight and expertise on how to better navigate through the insurance process when seeking coverage for eating disorder treatment. 
Finally accepting the need for professional treatment in order to overcome one’s eating disorder is a giant step. Yet the real challenge may well be obtaining insurance approval. For many, traditional residential treatment is the necessary protocol, however the cost to receive such treatment is out of reach without insurance.  
People seeking treatment for eating disorders seldom have the resources to pay for appropriate therapy.  They often need extended residential treatment followed by proper step-down treatment.  Few health plans understand eating disorders to appreciate the standard level of care and are reluctant to pay for the proper time in residential treatment.  This tension creates an undesirable atmosphere at a time when cooperation between patients, treatment professionals, and insurers is essential for a patient’s full recovery.   
“It is difficult enough for someone to finally come to terms with the need for healthy eating disorder treatment” says Shannon Cutts, Executive Director/MentorCONNECT.  “To then face the possibility for financial hardship due to insurance roadblocks is tragic for everyone involved – the sufferer as well as their loved ones.” 
Ms. Cutts goes on to say, “This is why we are honored to have an esteemed member of our Board of Directors, Lisa Kantor, JD showcase her expertise during our upcoming teleconference on July 13.  She knows the ins and outs of effectively working with clinicians and insurance claims specialists. Her guidance and support are like none other.”  To register for this FREE teleconference, go http://mentorconnect.eventbrite.com/

More about MentorCONNECT
MentorCONNECT is the first global online eating disorders mentoring community.  In addition to offering one-on-one mentoring matches, the free membership includes access to a password protected, moderated, PRO-recovery environment with live weekly e-support groups, periodic special events, a wide variety of online themed support groups, recovery blogs, opportunity to personalize one’s own profile page, educational/encouraging monthly teleconferences and more.  To volunteer your services as a caring mentor, be matched with a mentor, or find general support, go to www.mentorconnect-ed.org. 
For more information please contact: Alison Smela (alison@mentorconnect-ed.org
Eating Disorder Hope provides additional information regarding Insurance and Paying for Eating Disorder Treatment 

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