Wickenburg, AZ (PRWEB) January 26, 2016
Remuda Ranch at The Meadows staff met with United States Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ, 4th District) on January 4, 2016. During the visit, Congressman Gosar learned more about eating disorders and discussed how potential legislation through the Anna Westin Act could help those struggling with eating disorders receive the life-saving treatment they need.
Currently, 30 million Americans struggle with eating disorders, which have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. Roughly 20 percent of those diagnosed with an eating disorder will eventually die as a result of the condition.
Sadly, only 1 in 10 people who have an eating disorder will receive treatment. All too often, their inability to receive treatment is the result of a health insurance company denying coverage for the often-misunderstood disorder.
In May of last year, the Anna Westin Act of 2015 (H.R. 2515) was introduced to a congressional committee. The proposed bill would improve training for health professionals in identifying and treating eating disorders early, and ensure that the quality of treatment and insurance coverage available for people with eating disorders is equal to that of other illnesses.
During his visit at Remuda Ranch, Representative Gosar learned more about the eating disorders and treatment options from some of the nation’s leading experts. He also heard firsthand about the positive impact the Anna Westin legislation would have on eating disorder patients from doctors, therapists, and nurses who work with patients struggling with these conditions every day.
“We were so pleased to welcome Congressman Gosar to Remuda Ranch at The Meadows” says CEO Christopher Diamond. “ As a healthcare provider himself, he understands the important role that early detection and intervention plays in helping people lead healthier lives and in keeping overall healthcare costs down. We look forward to more conversations and to his continued support.”
About Paul Gosar, D.D.S
Congressman Paul A. Gosar, DDS, now from Prescott, Arizona, is serving his third term in Congress as the Representative from Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District. First elected in 2010, he came to Congress with no prior political experience. He believes the Constitution provides the guidance to Americans and Congress, and he believes in more individual liberty and less government. As a health care provider and small business owner, Dr. Gosar is focused on bringing jobs back to the district, reforming health care, reining in government spending, and ensuring that the American people are involved in the solution making process.
About Remuda Ranch at The Meadows
Remuda Ranch at The Meadows is an industry leader in treating eating disorders and co-occurring conditions affecting women and girls through its acute level of care as well as inpatient and residential programming. To learn more about Remuda Ranch at The Meadows’ work, contact an intake coordinator at 866-390-5100 or visit http://www.remudaranch.com.