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Plan administrators may be sued over mental health parity law, court decides
Modern Healthcare

Third-party administrators of insurance plans can be sued over allegedly failing to follow a federal law that requires insurers to offer mental health coverage equal to that provided for physical problems, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. It’s a decision that could lead to more patients and providers challenging plan administrators who try to limit access to mental health services, some say. It’s also the first case to address the issue of whether plan administrators may be sued for violations of that federal law, known as the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, said Brian Hufford, a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder, who represented the plaintiffs in the case.