NY Insurer to Boost Mental Health Coverage

NEW YORK (AP) -

Insurer EmblemHealth Inc. said they will boost coverage of mental health services after reaching a deal with New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Schneiderman said Wednesday that an investigation found the insurer’s subcontractor issued 64percent more denials of coverage for behavior and substance-abuse than medical cases.

A 2006 state law says insurers must provide mental health coverage equal to that provided for other conditions. EmblemHealth, with 3.4 million members, will be fined $1.2 million under the settlement. They said that new policies have been put in place.