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Court: Blue Shield must pay for anorexia treatment
The Mercury News

An appeals court decision has ordered Blue Shield of California to pay for a policyholder’s anorexia treatment, calling on insurers to treat mental illness with the same level of care as physical illness is treated. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday said state law requires the insurer to pay for Jeanene Harlick’s nearly 10-month treatment for anorexia at a residential care facility, though her plan didn’t include the coverage. In a statement, Blue Shield spokesman Stephen Shivinsky said the insurer is reviewing the decision and would not provide further comment.