(Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced
Jan. 23 that Cigna has agreed to comply with New York mental health coverage laws.
to allegations, Cigna violated Timothy’s Law, which mandates that New York
group health plans provide “broad-based coverage for the
diagnosis and treatment of mental, nervous or emotional disorders or ailments … at least equal to the coverage provided for other health conditions.” The law, enacted in 2006, is named after a 13-year-old Schenectady boy
who committed suicide after an insurance company denied treatment for the boy’s
mental health issues.
must provide the same access to mental health services as they would for any
other treatment," Schneiderman said. "We will continue to aggressively enforce our health care
parity laws to ensure that no New Yorker faces illegal barriers when seeking
mental health treatment.”
Cigna will pay
a $50,000 penalty and revise its policies. Additionally, the company agreed to
pay autism claims it previously rejected, clarify its concussion-related policies
and provide mental health coverage information to consumers upon request.
attorney general Carol Hunt, under the supervision of health care bureau chief
Lisa Landau, handled the case for New York.