Aetna Rehab and Eating Disorder Coverage
Eating disorders are serious health conditions that can have devastating physical and emotional affects on a loved one’s health. Without effective treatment, an eating disorder can become a chronic, life-threatening condition. For females with an eating disorder, the lifetime mortality rate is 15 to 20%. If disordered eating habits are affecting your life or the life of a loved one, eating disorder treatment is the first step to addressing this condition and getting healthy. People with eating disorders will benefit from professional, inpatient care and guidance. Many eating disorder recovery programs include multidisciplinary teams with a psychologist, psychiatrist, nutritionist and primary are physician. These programs provide a strong foundation for addressing the physical and emotional issues underlying an eating disorder and helping you or a loved one begin the recovery process. Aetna health insurance can help make eating disorder rehab and treatment more affordable.
Will Aetna cover eating disorder treatment?
Aetna considers eating disorder treatment to be medically necessary; this includes the care for addressing anorexia and bulimia. Aetna will cover initial medical assessments, including blood count and serum chemistry, bone density measurement, electrocardiography, liver function tests, medical evaluation, psychiatric/psychological consulting and testing, and urinalysis. Treatment coverage includes nutritional consulting, psychotherapy (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy), and certain medications for the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. An Aetna benefits coordinator can help you learn more about Aetna’s specific coverage options.
Is Aetna eating disorder coverage affordable?
Aetna health insurance is designed to make eating disorder treatment more affordable. Your specific cost of care will vary depending on your type of plan. For example, plans with lower premiums may have higher deductibles, copayments and coinsurance. Plans with higher premiums may have lower deductibles, copayments and coinsurance. A benefits coordinator will help you understand which costs to expect. In general, choosing an eating disorder care center that is “in-network” will help lower the cost of care.
A comprehensive nutritional assessment and medical evaluation, together with psychotherapy, is essential to addressing the physical and emotional health concerns linked to eating disorders. While some individuals with severe eating disorders may need inpatient care or hospitalization, the majority of patients with eating disorders can be treated with outpatient care.
Eating disorders will not simply “get better” without care. Talk to a treatment specialist today to learn more about how Aetna health insurance can help you or a loved one receive the treatment you need.