Court Decides on Mental Health Parity

On June 10, the California Court of Appeals issued its decision in Marissa Rea v. Blue Shield of California. The Court held that the California Mental Health Parity Act requires Blue Shield to provide medically necessary treatment for people suffering from severe mental illnesses, including anorexia and bulimia. The case involved Blue Shield’s denial of residential treatment for the plaintiffs’ eating disorders. Blue Shield argued that all the Parity Act required was equality of treatment between mental and physical illnesses and, since its policy did not cover residential treatment for physical illnesses, it did not have to provide residential treatment for severe mental illnesses. “This decision confirms that residential treatment is one of the most effective treatments for eating disorders, and must be available to California insureds who need this treatment,” said Lisa Kantor, who argued the case to the Court of Appeals. For more information, visit http://www.kantorlaw.net/Eating_Disorder_Blog.aspx.

Last Updated 09/16/2020

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