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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kaiser to pay $4 million fine over access to mental health services

By Cynthia H. Craft
Sacramento Bee
Originally posted September 10, 2014

Health care giant Kaiser Permanente has agreed to pay a $4 million fine to California’s overseer of managed health care following an 18-month battle with state officials over whether Kaiser blocked patients from timely access to mental health services.

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Moreover, the department found that Kaiser was likely violating state and federal mental health parity laws. The California Mental Health Parity Act requires managed care providers to provide psychiatric services that are equal in quality and access to their primary care services.

The entire article is here.