Using COBRA for Bulimia Treatment
Bulimia is one of the main serious eating disorders. If left untreated, bulimia, anorexia and binge eating can lead to severe mental and physical health problems. In extreme cases, bulimia can even lead to death. If you suspect that you or someone you love is currently suffering from bulimia or any other eating disorder, you are not alone. There is a way to get help.
If you are uncertain whether you have bulimia, you may want to look for telltale symptoms. You can also look for these symptoms if you are concerned that someone you love may have bulimia. According to the Mayo Clinic, an individual with bulimia may exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Eating until in pain
- Eating a lot of very fatty or very sweet foods
- Making oneself vomit
- Using laxatives on a regular basis
- Having a negative body image
- Going to the bathroom frequently around mealtimes
- Feeling like one’s eating is out of control
- Digestive problems
- Damaged teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Sores or scars on the fingers
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Irregular heartbeat
- Abusing drugs or alcohol
If you notice that you or someone you love is exhibiting these symptoms, it is time to get help. There’s a wide range of programs and therapies that can help you or your loved one overcome bulimia. If you are worried about the cost of treatment, keep in mind that there are many different options and ways to get the help you need.
Many people use their health care insurance to cover the cost of bulimia treatment, and if you have COBRA insurance coverage, you may be able to use your COBRA policy to pay for your treatment. When you call us, we can help you determine what your policy covers. We can also help you figure out what type of treatment would work the best with your policy.
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Does COBRA Cover Bulimia Nervosa Rehab Programs?
According to COBRA, the company offers several different types of insurance policies. If you are between employers, you may have temporary health insurance through COBRA. This type of coverage can last for anywhere from one to six months.
In most cases, if you have a temporary COBRA policy, you will have an insurance plan that is very similar to your previous employer’s insurance plan. However, not all temporary COBRA policies are the same as the plans they replace. In other cases, you may have a temporary COBRA plan that just covers emergencies.
COBRA also offers annual health insurance plans. These range in coverage options. Because the company offers so many different types of insurance plans, you may have to contact your agent directly to see exactly what your policy covers.
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Inpatient Treatment Length COBRA Will Cover (28-30, 60, 90+ Day)
The length of treatment that COBRA will cover depends on the type of policy you have. It also depends on where you get treatment. If you get your inpatient treatment at a hospital, your policy may be more likely to cover the cost of your care than it would be if you get treatment from a specialty clinic. However, it truly varies from policy to policy.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, if you have a severe eating disorder, you should try to get help from an inpatient facility. Inpatient care provides you with all the care you need, but it also lets you take a break from your regular life. Depending on your particular treatment plan, you may stay in the facility for 30 days, 60 days, or more. Ideally, you should stay in the facility as long as your health care provider recommends. If possible, you should try to base this decision on your treatment needs rather than what your insurance covers.
COBRA Coverage for Bulimia Dual Diagnosis
Many people who have bulimia also have another mental health issue. Many have anxiety disorders alongside of their bulimia, while others may suffer from depression. If you want your treatment to work, it needs to address both of your issues.
When you start treatment, your health care provider should assess your treatment needs. Then, the provider should draft a treatment plan that meets all your needs, including both conditions within your dual diagnosis. If your treatment ignores one or more of your issues, it may not be effective.
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Specialty Bulimia Treatment: Treatments Using COBRA
There are several different ways to treat bulimia, but the four most common treatments are:
- Nutrition education
- Weight restoration
You can choose specialty care within each of these methods. There’s a range of different therapy types that may work for you, and you can even choose therapy that includes your whole family or group therapy where you meet with a group of people who are also suffering from bulimia.
Depending upon the specialty programs you choose, your COBRA coverage may or may not cover it. Your insurance may cover different parts of your treatment for different reasons. For instance, your insurance might cover a hospital stay if you are hospitalized due to physical complications of your bulimia; however, it may not cover time in an inpatient treatment facility. In other cases, your policy may cover medication to help you with depression or another mental health issue associated with your bulimia, but it might not cover other types of medication. Your insurance agent can help you determine exactly what your COBRA policy covers.
How to Cover What Insurance Doesn’t Pay For
If your COBRA insurance does not cover all your bulimia treatment, there is no need to panic. There are many other options you can explore. In some cases, you may even be able to find help in treating eating disorder for free via government-funded or public agencies.
Before working with a therapist or starting a eating disorder treatment program, ask if they offer a sliding scale payment system. If you qualify, your charges will be based on your income. Some clinics offer discounts or free admission for people in need, and there may be state or local programs that can help to offset the cost of your care.
Verify Insurance Coverage and Find the Best Treatment Centers
If you are ready to learn more about the benefits of using COBRA for eating disorder treatment and what your COBRA policy covers in relation to bulimia treatment, call us. When you call our trained representatives, we will help you to verify your insurance coverage, and we will help you to find the best program for your needs. Whether you are seeking inpatient or outpatient care, we can help you. Simply call . We are standing by 24/7 to answer calls.