Law Suit Alleging Parity Violations Proceeds to Trial

The New York State Psychiatric Association has cleared an important legal hurdle in its suit against United Health Group and its subsidiaries for systematically violating the federal parity law and the Affordable Care Act.

In August 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a lower court decision that held that the association was a proper defendant in the case and held standing to represent the interests of its members and patients.  That decision also held that United could be sued even if it acted only as the administrator of a self-insured plan.

As quoted in Psychiatric News (12/10/2015), Seth Stein, general counsel for NYSPA said, “We hope to expand the scope of the litigation to examine existing disparities in reimbursement between behavioral health benefits and medical-surgical benefits…”See article:

 

 

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