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Premera Avoids Further Payments in Family’s Mental Health Suit

June 23, 2022, 4:21 PM

A family that successfully sued Premera Blue Cross for violating federal mental health parity law won nearly $70,000 in attorneys’ fees but no additional remedy for the insurer’s violation, according to a federal court ruling from Utah.

The family of the teenager—referred to as C.J.S.—previously won a court order holding that Premera violated the federal Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act by using a rubric called the InterQual Criteria in declining to cover the teenager’s year-and-a-half stay at a Utah residential mental health treatment center. C.J.S.’ family sought multiple remedies as a result, including more than $200,000 to account ...