Insurer Can't Escape Mental Health Parity Suit

Law360, New York (May 2, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT) -- In a decision hailed by mental health advocates, a Vermont federal judge on Tuesday preserved much of a New York woman's suit alleging her employer's health plan improperly restricted psychiatric treatments more than traditional medical care, saying the insurer failed to show it acted in an even-handed manner.

U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss, after reviewing the terms and conditions of Fletcher Allen Health Care Inc.'s plan, found that the documents don't yield an "unambiguous conclusion that a disparity does or does not exist." As a result,...
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