Wisconsin man had hand in new eating disorders law

Published: Dec. 18, 2016 at 9:41 PM CST
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An eating disorders bill that was championed by a Burlington man has been signed into law.

The Journal Times reports Nathan Libbey contacted the Eating Disorders Coalition and traveled to Washington to lobby legislators after his wife, Jennifer Libbey, died in August 2014. She suffered from bulimia.

The measure improves health insurance coverage for eating disorders and residential treatment. It also provides resources for training of health professionals, as well as education and prevention help for the public.

Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin co-sponsored the bill, which is part of the 21st Century Cures and Mental Health Reform Act. The $6.3 billion package that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday included a cancer research "moonshot."