United Behavioral Health Loses Mental Health Coverage Spat

Aug. 15, 2017, 12:45 PM

United Behavioral Health can’t escape a class action accusing it of denying coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatments for participants in as many as 3,000 health plans (Wit v. United Behavioral Health, N.D. Cal., No. 3:14-cv-02346-JCS, 8/14/17).

The plan participants suing United don’t have to show that they were denied benefits as a result of the insurer’s flawed coverage guidelines in order to move forward with their lawsuit, a federal magistrate judge ruled Aug. 14. That’s because a claim of fiduciary breach under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act can be viable even if the alleged ...

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