Using Great West Insurance for Anorexia Treatment
Anorexia can be a dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition. If you are worried that you or someone you love has anorexia, look for the following symptoms:
- Refusing to eat
- Denying feelings of hungry
- Fear of gaining weight
- Lack of feelings, or depression
- Withdrawing socially
- Thin appearance
- Sleeping difficulties
- Downy hair (lanugo) on the body
- Digestive troubles
- Dry skin
- Feeling cold constantly
- Irregular heartbeat
If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you get help as soon as possible. It is never too soon to get help for your anorexia, but it could become too late. Sadly, when anorexia is left untreated, it can lead to serious medical problems including death.
Using Great West Insurance for Anorexia Treatment
Many people use their insurance policies to cover the cost of getting treatment for their anorexia. If you have Great West Insurance, acquired by Cigna and incorporated into the GWH-Cigna Network, you may be able to use it to cover a portion of your anorexia treatment. However, your particular coverage depends upon the exact policy you have.
If you are ready to learn more about your eating disorder treatment options and whether or not your insurance will cover the cost of treatment, it is time to call for help. We have trained representatives who are standing by 24/7 to answer your calls. Just pick up the phone and dial .
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Does Great West Insurance Cover Anorexia Nervosa Rehab Programs?
As part of the Cigna network, Great West Insurance offers behavioral health coverage. In order to determine if your other policy covers rehabilitation for anorexia, you will need to contact your insurance agent directly. If you have that policy through your employer, you could ask your human resources manager, or you could review the materials you received when you signed up for the plan.
Cigna’s behavioral health insurance does not cover nutritional counseling or primary care services. Services that are covered depend on medical necessity. Additionally, the insurance company’s personnel will review the proposed treatment plan and compare the plan to established clinical guidelines. The plan also will be assessed for the appropriateness of level of care, which includes:
- 12-step programs
- Routine outpatient care (ROC)
- Eating disorder intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Eating disorder partial hospitalization
- Inpatient eating disorder acute care
- Inpatient residential
Inpatient Treatment Length Great West Insurance Will Cover (28-30, 60, 90+ Day)
If you are hospitalized as a result of physical symptoms related to your anorexia, your Great West behavioral policy will provide you with coverage appropriate for the level of care deemed medically necessary. Most patients are effectively treated on an outpatient basis. If you need 24-hour care, need to stabilize an acute psychiatric illness, are in danger of injuring yourself or someone else, or have a life-threatening medical condition, then you might need hospitalization. Some of the physical side effects of anorexia that may result in you having to be hospitalized include heart damage, liver failure, or organ failure. Depression and anxiety are strongly linked to anorexia, and if you become hospitalized due to one of these conditions or because of a suicide attempt, you could rely on your Great West coverage.
If you are ready to learn more about inpatient or outpatient treatment for your anorexia, please call. Our representatives are standing by 24/7 to speak with you. Simply call .
Great West Insurance Coverage for Anorexia Dual Diagnosis
Many people who have anorexia also have additional co-occurring mental disorders or other behavioral health problems. If you want your treatment to be truly effective, you will need to get help for all your concerns. Ideally, the health care provider who is creating your treatment plan should give you an assessment before you get started. You should have a multidisciplinary team of providers working to address all aspects of your health, including other emotional or mental health illnesses.
During your comprehensive assessment, your providers, which should include a physician, nutritionist and psychologist, should identify the crucial areas in which you need help. Then, they should draft a treatment plan for you after consulting with you and your family. The plan should include a blend of psychotherapy, nutrition counseling and possibly medication. However, all three of those elements should be chosen carefully to meet the needs of both your eating disorder and any other health concerns that you have.
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Specialty Anorexia Treatment Treatments Using Great West Insurance
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several different types of treatment that can be used to help someone with anorexia recover. Those types of treatment include the following:
- Weight restoration
- Nutrition education
Within each of these four categories, you can get specialty care. For instance, you could choose to have cognitive behavioral therapy, but if you preferred a different type of therapy like DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), you could get that as well. Similarly, you could also choose different types of specialty weight restoration sessions, nutrition education, or specialty medication. Whether or not these special types of treatment are covered depends on your particular policy, and, again, on the medical necessity of the proposed treatment.
How to Cover What Insurance Doesn’t Pay For
If neither your Great West Insurance nor your other insurance policy will pay for your treatment, you will have to come up with other options. Luckily, there are a lot of different ways to pay for treatment that is not covered by insurance. Regardless of your budget, you should be able to get the help you need.
If you qualify, you may be able to get therapy or nutrition counseling through your state or county services department. There are also programs at free clinics that may be able to help you. In some cases, people can even stay in inpatient treatment centers for free if there is a qualifying program in your area.
If possible, you should ask the treatment facility if they offer a sliding scale for payment. A sliding scale is a price list based on your income. The higher your income is, the more you will have to pay for your services, but the lower your income is, the lower your fees will be. Many facilities are also willing to offer payment plans, where you pay off the cost of treatment in small increments over a long time period.
As a last resort, you might need to pay out of pocket upfront, which could require liquidating assets or securing a personal loan. Before reaching that point, call us to explore your recovery options; we can direct you to programs you can afford. You truly cannot afford to delay treatment, because your life is at risk. We can be reached at any time by calling .
Verify Insurance Coverage and Find the Best Treatment Programs
If you want to learn more about what your insurance policy covers by using Great West for eating disorder treatment, it is time to verify your insurance coverage. Our trained representatives are standing by to help you. We can help you determine what your insurance covers and how to find the best treatment facility for your needs.
Remember that treatment should not be seen as a financial burden. Instead, it should be seen as an investment. Getting treatment now could save your life or the life of someone you love. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call. We are standing by 24/7 at .