Public Policy and Practice   |   Update: August 30, 2011

Important 9th Circuit Opinion on CA Mental Health Parity Act.

The opinion, released last Friday, August 26, holds that California's Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) does not require merely that mental health services be covered "at parity" with physical health services, but that the Act is an affirmative mandate to cover ALL medically necessary services for severe mental illness even if the plan does not cover such services for physical health issues. Thus, a very significant decision!

Click here to read the full text of the opinion.