First Health Network Eating Disorder Coverage
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, millions of Americans suffer from eating disorders. There are five main eating disorders: bulimia, anorexia, eating disorder not otherwise specified, obesity and binge eating. If you or someone you love is currently suffering from an eating disorder, you are not alone. An eating disorder program can help you.
Depending on the type of eating disorder you have, you may exhibit different symptoms. Symptoms that are associated with anorexia include the following:
- Refusing to eat
- Lying about hunger
- Being depressed or withdrawing from friends
- Weight loss
People who suffer from bulimia may show symptoms such as binge eating, going to the bathroom around meal times, losing weight, and having sores on their fingers and in their mouths. People who suffer from binge eating may lie about how much they eat, binge eat in private and feel embarrassed about how much they are eating.
If any of these symptoms describe you or someone you love, it is time to get help. When you call us at , we will connect you to a treatment plan that is right for you. Getting help is just a phone call away.
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Does First Health Network Cover Eating Disorders Rehab Programs?
If you’re using First Health Network insurance for eating disorder treatment, the company may cover your time in an eating disorder clinic. Your coverage will depend upon whether the rehab program is on the First Health Network list of preferred providers. In some cases, if you get a referral from your primary doctor to an eating disorder clinic, your First Health Network insurance may be more likely to offer you coverage.
If your policy does not cover time in a rehab facility, other options exist. Many people who suffer from eating disorders get outpatient care. Your outpatient care can include individual and group therapy sessions as well as classes on nutrition and help regaining the weight that you have lost or losing the weight you’ve gained.
Inpatient Treatment Length First Health Network Will Cover (28-30, 60, 90+ Day)
There are many different First Health Network insurance plans, and several factors may affect how much inpatient treatment your policy will cover. Your coverage will depend on the type of plan you have and the severity of your eating disorder.
Many people with eating disorders get inpatient care at hospitals. This often happens when their eating disorder is so severe that it has led to physical complications. According to the Mayo Clinic, these include heart problems, organ failure and kidney damage. If you are hospitalized for any of these conditions, you may be able to stay in the hospital and get treatment for your eating disorder there.
If you are not hospitalized first, you may be able to get your eating disorder treatment via a specialty clinic. There are many different programs for many different lengths of time. Many popular programs are 30, 60 or 90 days long. If possible, you should determine how long you want to stay in inpatient care based on your treatment needs. If you leave treatment before you have fully recovered, it can be easy to slip back into the habits that you set in place while you were struggling with your eating disorder. If possible, you should base your treatment decisions on your medical needs rather than on your insurance coverage.
First Health Network Coverage for Eating Disorders With Dual Diagnosis
According to the Mayo Clinic, several mental health disorders are commonly associated with eating disorders, and the three most common ones are depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety. When you get treatment, you need a treatment plan that will address all your issues. If your treatment only addresses the eating disorder and you also suffer from depression, the untreated depression could wreak havoc later on in life.
If you suffer from a mental health issue in addition to your eating disorder, you should tell your health care provider. The more First Health knows about your situation, the easier it is to treat you.
If you have a dual diagnosis, we can help you. When you contact us at , we will guide you find help in treating eating disorder issues. Help for all your conditions is just a phone call away.
Specialty Eating Disorder Treatments Using First Health Network
When you start your treatment for your eating disorder, you will have many different options. One of the first things that your medical care team will do is address your physical issues. Then, you will undergo a treatment plan that includes a blend of therapy, weight alteration and nutrition education. In some cases, you may also be prescribed medication for your eating disorder or for the mental health issues that are connected to your eating disorder.
There are many specialty types of therapy that may be able to help you through your treatment, and you will also find specialty options for weight restoration and nutrition education. Many people look for eating disorder clinics that offer specialty services, such as yoga, massage, wellness education, meditation training and more. Whether or not your insurance company covers your specialty treatment depends upon the particular plan you have. You can call your First Health Network insurance agent directly if you have questions about what type of care is covered. Alternatively, if you have First Health Network insurance through your employer, you may be able to ask your boss or your human resources coordinator about your coverage options.
How to Cover What Insurance Doesn’t Pay For
If your First Health Network insurance policy does not cover the cost of your treatment, you can explore other options. Many clinics and mental health professionals offer sliding scale payment systems, so be sure to ask. If you qualify for a sliding scale option, your charges will be based on your income.
There are also ways to get free care. There may be programs in your area that are free for certain people. These programs could include anything from afternoon counseling to hospitalization for your eating disorder.
If you find a program that you don’t think you can afford out of pocket, you may also be able to apply for a payment plan. This can spread the cost of your care out over several months or a couple of years.
If paying for treatment out of pocket is difficult for you, you might want to consider cashing out your investments. Treatment can be lifesaving in many situations. Rather than seeing the cost of treatment as a burden, patients should see it as a potentially lifesaving investment.
Verify Insurance Coverage and Find the Best Treatment Programs
You have read the symptoms, and you know it is time to get help. Getting help just takes one simple step. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call us.
When you call our trained representatives at , we will help you verify your insurance coverage. Whether you have insurance through First Health Network or another company, we will help you to ascertain what your policy covers, and we will find you a treatment program that is right for your needs.