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Insurers face tougher mental health coverage fines
San Francisco Chronicle

A bill approved Monday by the Legislature would increase penalties for health insurance companies that provide substandard benefits for mental health care.

SB1046 advanced to the governor’s desk on a 70-0 vote in the Assembly. It aims to strengthen long-standing rules designed to increase patient access to psychiatric treatment by preventing insurers from skimping on benefits.

Under state and federal laws, insurers must cover treatments for serious mental illness similar to how they would cover other injuries and diseases.

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