A New Jersey federal judge says putative class actions seeking medical coverage for eating disorders can go forward, though eviscerated of some causes of action. At issue is whether eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are biologically based mental illnesses, for which state law and the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey policies at issue require benefits comparable to those for physical ailments. A settlement in a similar suit against Aetna was preliminarily approved in June.
Eating-Disorder Class Actions Get Judge's Go-Ahead
New Jersey Law Journal
August 12, 2008