|Bulimia Resource Guide Summary|
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|Maximizing Health Insurance Benefits to Pay for Bulimia Treatment|
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|Find a Bulimia Treatment Center|
|Checklists and Tip Charts|
|Bulimia Nervosa Resources for Schools and Coaches|
|Selected Reference List|
|Bulimia Nervosa: Efficacy of Available Treatments|
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The state that a patient lives in can greatly affect the level of mental health benefits available through an insurer in that state, so it's worth checking the provision in a patient's state of residence.
If benefits and appeals have been exhausted, and the patient needs more treatment, some options remain. Patients can try to obtain treatment at low or no cost through community or state mental health clinics, university hospitals and medical schools doing research, or university psychiatric programs. If the patient is a student at a university, the university may have a free clinic that offers a psychological counseling center with services for eating disorders. Medicaid may also be an option if the patient qualifies. These programs may offer financially subsidized treatment.
Clinical trials are another option. ECRI identified four databases that list ongoing trials related to eating disorders: the Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects (CRISP) database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions; the National Eating Disorders Association www.nationaleatingdisorders.org; the federal government clinical trials registry at www.ClinicalTrials.gov; and the MetaRegister of controlled trials www.controlled-trials.com; These sites listed many ongoing studies of bulimia nervosa.
Some private foundations also may offer financial assistance for treatment. For example, one organization, A Chance to Heal, based in southeastern Pennsylvania (www.achancetoheal.org) was established to provide financial assistance to individuals with eating disorders who might not otherwise receive treatment or reach full recovery due to their financial circumstances. The organization’s mission also focuses on increasing public awareness and education about eating disorders and advocating for change to improve access to quality care for eating disorders.