In a case being watched by advocates for patients with anorexia and bulimia, a federal judge has ruled that class action lawyers can pursue an attempt to compel Aetna to improve benefits for eating disorder victims. The ruling will likely serve as a guide in a similar case against Horizon Blue Cross of New Jersey. The crucial issue in both cases is whether eating disorders are biologically based mental illnesses for which insureds are entitled to a higher level of coverage than for purely mental conditions.
Class Action Seeking Insurance for Eating Disorders Can Go Forward
New Jersey Law Journal
February 29, 2008