Takeaways From Calif.'s New Health Insurance Rules

By Joseph Laska, Nathaniel Cohen and Jessamyn Vedro (October 14, 2020, 5:29 PM EDT) -- On Sept. 25, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed S.B. 855 into law. S.B. 855 fundamentally alters California's regulation of mental health and substance use disorder, or MH/SUD, treatment. It applies to all California health plans and disability insurance policies issued, amended or renewed on or after Jan. 1, 2021.

All payers and MH/SUD providers operating in California — and all lawyers representing them — should be aware of S.B. 855, which adds provisions to both the Health and Safety Code, which governs health care service plans in California, and the Insurance Code, which governs health insurers in California.

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