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Missouri lawmakers look to cover eating disorders under health insurance

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Missouri lawmakers look to cover eating disorders under health insurance

Vote signifies personal victory for former Rep. Rick Stream, whose daughter died of an eating disorder

Missouri lawmakers look to cover eating disorders under health insurance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A measure that would require insurers to cover eating disorders by following medical guidelines is headed to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk.

The Missouri House approved the measure Wednesday by a vote of 148-6. It marks a personal victory for former Rep. Rick Stream, whose daughter died of an eating disorder.

Stream, who left the House last year, returned to witness the passage of the measure that’s been years in the making.

The bill would require insurers to cover eating disorders beyond the point of a person getting back to a certain weight by specifying they must follow medical guidelines.

Coverage for mental health treatment and specific treatment centers would be required.

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