Kaiser Refused Closed Hearing On $4M Mental Health Fine

Law360, New York (April 14, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT) -- An administrative law judge on Friday denied Kaiser Permanente's attempt to block the public and journalists from an upcoming hearing over a $4 million fine that California had levied against the health plan provider for its deficient mental health services.

At a prehearing conference Friday, Judge Ruth S. Astle of the California Office of Administrative Hearings refused to close the May 12 hearing to the public and journalists or to seal the hearing documents, according to the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

Kaiser is challenging a $4 million fine imposed by the California Department of Managed Health Care in June 2013...

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