Thursday, February 28, 2013

Join Us for Lobby Day!

Registration is now open for our Spring Lobby Day, April 17 in Washington, DC. The registration and all relevant info is available here. See you in April!  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Melanie Morris Joins EDC Team!

It's National Eating Disorders Awareness week, and we're recognizing this by expanding our team!


Contact: Melanie Morris
(202) 543-9570

February 27, 2013

The Eating Disorder Coalition Hires Melanie Morris
as Communications and Policy Consultant

The Eating Disorder Coalition, the federal advocacy organization for eating disorders, is pleased to welcome Melanie J. Morris as Communications and Policy Consultant. Ms. Morris brings nearly a decade of health policy experience having previously served as Senior Director at Simon & Co., a boutique health policy firm, and as Director at Jefferson Consulting Group a government relations and federal business development firm.

Jeanine Cogan, Policy Director said, “We are very excited that Ms. Morris is joining our team at this critical point in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Her expertise is an asset as we continue work with Congress and federal agencies to ensure that people with eating disorders receive the care they need.”

The Eating Disorder Coalition is a non-profit policy and advocacy organization for persons with eating disorders located in Washington, DC. For more information, visit


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Just released today! An issue brief from the Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)


Affordable Care Act Expands Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits and Federal Parity Protections for 62 Million Americans

February 20, 2013

By: Kirsten Beronio, Rosa Po, Laura Skopec, Sherry Glied


The Affordable Care Act builds on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to extend federal parity protections to 62 million Americans. The parity law aims to ensure that when coverage for mental health and substance use conditions is provided, it is generally comparable to coverage for medical and surgical care. The Affordable Care Act builds on the parity law by requiring coverage of mental health and substance use disorder benefits for millions of Americans in the individual and small group markets who currently lack these benefits, and expanding parity requirements to apply to millions of Americans whose coverage did not previously comply with those requirements.

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