Bloomberg Law
Aug. 31, 2020, 1:29 AM

Mental Health Coverage Bill Sails Through California Legislature

Tiffany Stecker
Tiffany Stecker

Insurance companies would have to cover all non-emergency mental health services, including addiction therapies, under a bill passed by the California Legislature.

The Senate voted 31-7 Sunday to send the bill (S.B. 855) to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) for his consideration. Newsom must sign or veto the bill by Sept. 30.

The measure amends an existing mental health parity law to require that insurers cover services to treat ailments in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a handbook used by health-care professionals around the world. The Assembly passed the bill Aug. 26 in a 63-1 vote. ...