Aetna Rehab and Eating Disorder Coverage

Eating disorders are no joke. An eating disorder, whether it involves severely under-eating or severely over-eating, can disrupt your diet to the point that your health, even your life, could be in danger. The National Institute of Health says research shows anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder and other eating disorders are caused by a complex mix of factors. Recovery can be complex as well.

Discover Aetna Eating Disorder Coverage

If you suffer from an eating disorder, and Aetna is your health insurance company, you will be pleased to learn that Aetna covers treatment for eating disorders, including both outpatient and inpatient services. The treatment provider must be in Aetna's network.

Depending on the type of eating disorder, Aetna eating disorder coverage may range from outpatient services such as psychological counseling to residential treatment programs to hospitalization. Inpatient treatment can be extremely beneficial for a patient with a chronic eating disorder, but less intensive therapy, including group therapy, may be the right path for some.

Is a Residential Rehab Center Right for You?

If you feel you would be in danger of a relapse on your own, you may get the most benefit from the supervision and close-knit community of a residential rehab center that is in-network under Aetna eating disorder coverage. Make sure treatment is provided in a quality setting that is relaxing and soothing.

How Much Does Aetna Pay?

Depending on your coverage, Aetna may cover all of your treatment, or a percentage. Factors that determine how much of the treatment cost Aetna will pay include the specific plan you have, your deductible and out-of-pocket specifications, and the type of treatment. Length of coverage depends on a number of factors, such as current symptoms and past treatment history.

If Aetna eating disorder coverage does not pay for the entire cost of the treatment, you can pay the balance, either with up-front money or a credit card, or you may be able to set up a payment plan with the facility.

30 Million in U.S. Suffer From Eating Disorders

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. suffer or have suffered from significant eating disorders. These numbers have been increasing since 1950. The sooner treatment starts, the better the chance for recovery.

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