Cigna Settles With New York Over Disparity In Mental Health Claims [USA]

Author: Matthew Sturdevant, Hartford Courant (USA), Published on: 15 January 2014

Cigna [is] the first health insurer to settle in...[an] investigation by New York Attorney General into disparities in mental health coverage by insurance companies...Cigna...limited about 50 New York customers with eating disorders to three nutritional-counseling visits per year while customers who had other clinical problems...were not limited in the number of visits...New York launched an investigation after receiving a complaint...from the family of a 14-year-old...girl who suffers anorexia nervosa. The family [said] that Cigna rejected payments for all but three claims for nutritional counseling necessary for the girl's mental health treatment [and] paid $2,400 out of pocket to continue the girl's treatment...As part of the settlement, Cigna will pay $33,000 in back claims and a $23,000 penalty. Cigna neither admits nor denies the findings…

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