Blogging about bulimia could hurt you

    The New Jersey Law Journal published this story.

The plaintiffs are suing in federal court in Newark, N.J., on behalf of their minor children, who have been denied benefits by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

Horizon claims that the children’s online writings, as well as journal and diary entries, could shed light on the causes of the disorders, which determines the insurer’s responsibility for payment. New Jersey law requires coverage of mental illness only if it is biologically based.

Horizon claims the eating problems are not biologically based and that the writings could point to emotional causes. It contends that access to the writings is especially important because the court has barred taking the minors’ depositions.

How to protect your (and your family's ) health information.

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Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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5 Responses to Blogging about bulimia could hurt you

  1. Karen Lynn says:

    Thats just crazy. I think they are dismissing emotional (which are mental health) issues. I wish the world would realize that mental health is just as important as physical health. Diabetics need insulin. Whats the difference between that patient versus a psych patient? The meds. Insurance companies will do anything to get out of paying sometimes. argh!Protecting your privacy on the net is pretty important though. No last names please. But then, they'd identify us by our pictures! YIKES!

  2. Lakshmi says:

    Karen,I think mental health is MORE important the physical health. Yes, the net is a tricky place to be in. And for honest people like us, more so.

  3. Purplesque says:

    Mental health has always been treated as the poor cousin of physical health, which, of course, is crazy.Part of its due to the poor finances of the chronically ill, and partly due to poor practice by mental health professionals.I do hope this case gets thrown out of court and sets a good precedent.

  4. Karen Lynn says:

    here here. I'm glad you are in the field :))

  5. Zotta says:

    Good link, purplesque! Yes, I hope the case is thrown out. Especially in the case of a minor!

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