Aetna Unfairly Denies Kids' Mental Health Benefits, Parents Say

Law360, New York (June 4, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT) -- Parents of mentally troubled children on Thursday smacked an Aetna Inc. unit with a proposed class action in California federal court accusing the insurance company of denying psychiatric treatment because of pervasive problems with its computerized mental health evaluations.

The lawsuit, which seeks compensation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, alleges that Aetna uses a faulty scoring system for determining the severity of symptoms, consistently concluding that patients don't need expensive, around-the-clock care.

"As a result of the systematic underscoring ... Aetna improperly denies medically...
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