Department of Insurance Notifies Insurance Companies of Obligation to Abide by New Mental Health and Substance Abuse Law

By Hannah Ohman On December 10, 2020, Department of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara released a notice to all health insurance companies informing them of their responsibility to follow a new mental health and substance abuse parity law. The bill requires Continue reading

Department of Managed Health Care Issues All Plan Letter to Ensure Health Plans Comply with New Law Regarding Coverage for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder

By Meena Kaypour On January 5, 2021, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) issued All Plan Letter APL 21-002 to all Commercial Full-Service Health Plans and Specialized Health Care Service Plans Offering Behavioral Health Services, entitled ā€œImplementation of Senate Continue reading

Governor Newsom Signs SB 855 Into Law, Requiring Health Plans Cover Medically Necessary Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

By Alex Ruf SB 855 (Wiener), as amendedĀ  August 24, 2020, and as it applies to the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), adds sections 1367.045 and 1374.721, and repeals and adds section 1374.72, to the Health and Safety Code Continue reading

California Department of Insurance is Potentially Impacted by Package of Bills Which Propose Additional Medical Insurance Coverage Requirements for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment

By Brittany Hodgson On January 14, 2020, California Senators introduced two bills, both sponsored by the Kennedy Forum and Steinberg Institute, aimed at improving patient access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment: SB 854 (Beall), as introduced, would Continue reading