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State Offers Help To Challenge Health Insurers

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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday morning that his office can help those seeking substance abuse and/or mental health treatment.

“In a two-year investigation, our office found that five major health insurers and their subcontractors were improperly denying patients who were seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment,” said Schneiderman in a statement released to WXHC.

According to Schneiderman, New York’s mental health parity law requires insurers provide broad-based coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders at least equal to coverage provided for other health conditions.

“Those who ignore this law and deny treatment are reinforcing false and often painful stigmas associated with substance abuse and mental health conditions.”

Attorney General Schneiderman encourages anyone seeking treatment or facing barriers with their health insurer to call his office’s Health Care Helpline at 1-800-428-9071.

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