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UnitedHealth Faces Mental Health Parity Legal Challenge

Medpage Today: UnitedHealth Sued Over Mental Health Parity
Health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group has been sued in a class action for alleged violations of federal and state parity laws that mandate coverage for mental health claims on a level comparable to medical and surgical benefits. "Despite United's duty to adhere to these anti-discrimination safeguards, United has systematically implemented unlawful and deceptive practices designed to create the illusion of impartiality, fairness, and due process while simultaneously undermining access to treatment for the most vulnerable segment of our society," stated the suit filed Tuesday on behalf of the New York State Psychiatric Association and three patients (Struck, 3/13).

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