NAMI to Appeal Decision in Short-Term, Limited-Duration Plan Lawsuit

Last fall, NAMI joined a lawsuit challenging an Administration regulation that allowed for the expanded sale of short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plans. Earlier today, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon upheld the Administration’s regulation in ACAP v. Treasury. NAMI believes this regulation hurts our decades-long fight for mental health parity by allowing for an…

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Important Information About Behavioral Health Services for Children with Commercial Insurance

Starting on July 1, 2019 commercial insurance plans in Massachusetts must cover certain outpatient and intermediate care behavioral health services for children when medically necessary. What are outpatient and intermediate care behavioral health services? Outpatient behavioral health services are services delivered in a community-based setting, like a clinic, school, or home, that help diagnose or…

Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer’s Policies, Judge Rules

In a scathing decision released Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California ruled that a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the giant health insurer, had created internal policies aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders to save money. U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero found that United Behavioral Health,…