US Congressman Dave Brat visits Veritas Collaborative; House and Senate Bills support access to care

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Veritas Collaborative continues to work with legislative leaders to ensure access to care for persons suffering from eating disorders by meeting with Congressman Dave Brat (VA-07). Richmond facility Executive Director Elisha Contner Wilkins advocated for support of the Alexander/Murray ACA Stabilization Bill and the Costello/Peterson Premium Relief Act Bill.

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Eating disorders are real, complex medical and psychiatric illnesses that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships that impact countless families and communities.

Congressman Dave Brat (VA-07) visited the Richmond, VA location of Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, on February 12, 2018. The Representative met with Executive Director Elisha Contner Wilkins along with other key members of the Veritas Collaborative staff and toured the medical and outpatient services facility in Henrico County.

"Eating disorders are real, complex medical and psychiatric illnesses that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships that impact countless families and communities,” said Congressman Brat. “Congress has already taken positive steps forward in the 21st Century Cures Act and with the help of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, progress is being made to ensure health care professionals can better identify and treat eating disorders."

Designed to help the estimated 30 million people suffering from eating disorders throughout the United States, provisions in both bills will enhance the ability of states to address healthcare access for this population. The Alexander/Murray bill provides for decreasing overall premium prices and creating more flexibility for all states to design better marketplace plans. The Costello/Peterson bill provides $30 billion for three years to help states offset insurance costs for sicker populations.

As a member of the Eating Disorders Coalition and Residential Eating Disorders Consortium, Veritas Collaborative is committed to driving the standard of care in eating disorders treatment so individuals and families can thrive.

After his visit, Congressman Brat stated, “Eating disorders impact all age groups, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic groups in the United States. Tragically, the lack of awareness and understanding in our communities too often leaves those who struggle with eating disorders alone and without knowledge of where they can seek assistance. I am proud of the work being done at Veritas Collaborative. Their multidisciplinary approach to treatment marks a step forward in improving the lives of those affected by eating disorder illnesses.”

About Veritas Collaborative
Veritas Collaborative is a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders. Veritas provides a range of individualized, evidence-based services for patients 8 years of age and older, including inpatient, acute residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care in a gender-diverse and inclusive environment. Veritas envisions a world in which all persons with eating disorders and their families have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure. Our multidisciplinary teams of treatment professionals include physicians, psychiatrists, dietitians, therapists, nurses, teachers, culinary team members and therapeutic assistants.

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