Supreme Court Rejects UnitedHealth Appeal, Boosting Behavioral Health Providers’ Standing with Insurers

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Court Sets New Parity Standard; United Behavioral Appeals to Supreme Court

The fight for behavioral health parity has momentum heading into 2024 following three major decisions at the appellate level. And the battle may extend to the U.S. Supreme Court following an appeal by United Behavioral Health. Three cases in this slice of the appeals court address how health plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income […]

Appeals Court Revitalizes Mental Health Claims Case Wit v. United Behavioral Health

A federal court decision has revitalized the mental health parity case of Wit v. United Behavioral Health. On Aug. 22, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated its previous ruling, issued in January 2023, and remanded questions about potential breaches of United Behavioral Health’s fiduciary duty and the plaintiff’s responsibility to exhaust administrative appeals […]

United Behavioral Health Loses Mental Health Coverage ERISA Appeal

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the parents of a teen girl frequently denied coverage for intensive mental health care by United Behavioral Health. On May 15, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that United Behavioral Health violated its fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and […]

‘I Don’t Think This Is Over’: Reactions to the Latest in Wit v. United Behavioral Health

The latest ruling in the Wit v. United Behavioral Health case disappointed many behavioral health parity advocates. On Jan. 26, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released a ruling that essentially undid a favorable and sweeping 2019 district court decision on how payers may handle behavioral health claims. It also ordered United Behavioral Health […]

Appeals Court Rules Against Plaintiffs in Wit v. United Behavioral Health

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the plaintiffs’ appeal in Wit v. United Behavioral Health. A three-judge panel released the ruling on Jan. 26. While the appeals court remanded the case to the district court, the move is seen as a blow to parity in behavioral health. “This decision is heartbreaking,” Marvin Ventrell, […]

How Wit v. United Behavioral Health Could Impact the Future of Behavioral Health Parity

The behavioral health industry awaits a vital federal appeals court decision in a long legal battle between payers and operators. No matter the decision, the ruling in Wit v. United Behavioral Health will have far-reaching consequences for behavioral health advocates pushing insurers on reimbursement parity. The class-action lawsuit — originally filed in May 2014 by […]