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Eating-disorder patients battle insurers over care
San Francisco Chronicle

When Jeanene Harlick’s weight dropped to 65 percent of normal, her doctors recommended the San Mateo woman go into an intensive residential treatment facility that specialized in treating anorexia and other eating disorders.

But her health insurer, Blue Shield of California, refused to cover her care – not because it wasn’t considered medically necessary, but because her plan excluded coverage for residential treatment programs.