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Minnesota Independent: Franken, Klobuchar sponsor bill to address eating disorders

Both of Minnesota’s senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, as well as Iowa’s Sen. Tom Harkin, introduced the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (FREED) Act on Tuesday, which would direct the federal government to track, screen, diagnose and treat eating disorders. The bill is the first of its kind in the Senate and will improve access to treatment for people suffering from eating disorders, especially teens on government assistance.

Both of Minnesota’s senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, as well as Iowa’s Sen. Tom Harkin, introduced the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (FREED) Act on Tuesday, which would direct the federal government to track, screen, diagnose and treat eating disorders. The bill is the first of its kind in the Senate and will improve access to treatment for people suffering from eating disorders, especially teens on government assistance.

“The statistics on young people struggling with eating disorders are staggering,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “We must provide better resources for prevention and treatment to ensure that everyone has access to the help they need to treat and survive this often fatal disease.”

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