Update: New York Expands Coverage for Eating Disorders

A bill awaiting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature will greatly expand insurance coverage and access to care for persons with eating disorders in New York State. New York’s Mental Health Parity Law currently provides insurance coverage for anorexia and bulimia, but has excluded individuals with other eating disorder diagnoses such as pica, rumination disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, binge eating disorder, other specified feeding or eating disorders, and any other eating disorder included in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, who has lived with an eating disorder for 15 years, sponsored the new legislation. She said, “The purpose of this bill is to close the gap in healthcare coverage to include all iterations of eating disorders so that every New Yorker striving to overcome this disease—no matter what it looks like—can access the care they need.”

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