New York Attorney General A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement with Health Insurer That Wrongly Denied Mental Health Benefits to Thousands Of New Yorkers

“After an investigation uncovered widespread violations of mental health parity laws, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with Schenectady-based MVP Health Care, requiring the health insurer to reform its behavioral health claims review process, cover residential treatment and charge the lower primary care co-payment for outpatient visits to most mental health and substance abuse treatment providers. The settlement, the second against a health insurer so far this year enforcing the parity laws, also requires the health insurance plan — which has more than 500,000 members in the Albany region, Central New York and the Hudson Valley — to submit previously denied mental health and substance abuse treatment claims for independent review, which could result in more than $6 million being returned to its members.”

Source:  Attorney General Eric. T. Schneiderman – March 20, 2014