UnitedHealth sued by NY psychiatrists over coverage

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The New York Psychiatric Association and mental-health patients are suing UnitedHealth Group for violating laws barring unfair coverage for psychiatric conditions, Bloomberg reports.

The lawsuit accuses the Minnetonka-based health insurer of limiting, delaying or denying mental health treatment for patients suffering from conditions including psychosis, chronic depression, and anxiety disorders,

Minnesota Public Radio notes the federal parity law, which was championed by U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, requires insurers with mental health coverage to provide benefits equal to those for other chronic health-care conditions.

“We are committed to helping people with mental-health issues reach long-term recovery,” Brad Lotterman, a spokesman for UnitedHealth, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg. “We recently received the complaint and are currently reviewing.”

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