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UnitedHealth ERISA ruling exposes faults in health coverage

The availability of health insurance coverage for treatment of mental health conditions recently took a huge step forward with the entry of judgment by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Wit v. United Behavioral Health.[1] After the issuance of a ruling in 2019 finding United Behavioral Health, or UBH — a UnitedHealth Group […]

Court rejects finding on claimant’s mental health insurance benefits

There has been a growing number of rulings relating to health insurance denials involving mental health treatment. A recent example is Jamie F v. Unitedhealthcare Insur. Co., 2020 WL 4249200 (N.D. Cal., July 23), which involved a claimant who had a long history of being treated for several mental illnesses including anorexia nervosa, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive […]

Recent trends in transgender healthcare law

Protecting LGBTQ rights is of great importance for this country, and the legal issues related to transgender healthcare can be particularly complicated. Many employer-sponsored healthcare plans now explicitly cover transgender-related healthcare. Part of the reason is likely economic. According to the Williams Institute, there are currently just under 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender, […]