Final Settlement OK'd In Aetna Eating Disorders Suit

By Julie Zeveloff (October 23, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a case that could change the way the state's insurance carriers classify eating disorders, a federal judge in New Jersey has granted final approval to a settlement that will require Aetna Inc. to provide coverage for those struggling with the disorders.

U.S. District Judge Faith Hochberg of the District of New Jersey on Tuesday signed off on an order approving the settlement, under which Aetna will pay around $300,000 to 119 families whose coverage for eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, was limited by the insurance company during the past seven years.

Judge Hochberg also approved up to $350,000 in...

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