An Anorexia Victim Fights Back
by atura1 on February 15, 2014 - 9:00pm
Recently, Triggs produced an article “An Anorexia Victim Fights Back”, portraying how ineffective and uninformed insurance companies are with treatment for mental disorders and even more importantly, anorexia. Anorexia, a mental illness that has the highest mortality rate out of any in its class- yet only fourteen states are legally mandated to cover its carriers for hospitalization and other various treatments. Triggs goes into detail about the course of actions that the Meiskin family had taken specifically to get treatment for not only their daughter but for men and women all over the United States. In the beginning of the article, Triggs discusses how out of the blue and quickly eating disorders can escalade. The Meiskin family, who seemed like your typical all American family, privileged and fortunate all of a sudden, had to deal with the monster that is anorexia. For their daughter specifically at thirteen years old, had to be immediately admitted into Avalon Hills eating disorder treatment center, after failing therapy for two years prior. The specific insurance company targeted in this article, Aetna, Inc like other well known insurance companies only covers their patients for a thirty day treatment. Not even a long enough treatment for patients to get to a safe and standard weight. Even though the Meiskin family could afford paying up to $900 a day for extended treatment out of pocket, they understood that most families would never be able to do so. The Meiskin family filed a lawsuit with Aetna, Inc and came out victorious. The Meiskins received over $60,000 spent in necessary treatments and Aetna, Inc agreed to cover future claims and even refunding past claims dating back to 2001. The pressure will soon rise for other insurance companies to follow suit. Thankfully there are such concerned and caring families out there that take such drastic actions to benefit the lives of countless others.
Triggs discusses many different aspects of eating disorders and anorexia; from how it begins to how it is can end and everywhere in between. Triggs purpose for the article “An Anorexia Victim Fights Back” is relatively clear simply in the title but even more so, fighting the limitations, restrictions and control that insurance companies have over their carriers. Insurance companies who are vastly uneducated in eating disorders force time limitations on an illness that is radically different from most illnesses due to the impacts that are psychological and physical. By Triggs writing this article, it really opens the eyes of readers to information no one really knows unless they have experienced it firsthand. Going through this entire process first hand, Triggs show extreme accuracy in the article. Even without having background knowledge on the subject Triggs lists numerous facts and statistics at the end of the article, along with basing the article around one specific family that was interviewed during the process.
Triggs, C. (2008). An Anorexia Victim FIGHTS BACK. People, 70(1), 80-84.