California News

Aug 4, 2014 7:33 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Insurers face tougher mental health coverage fines

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill headed to the governor would increase penalties for health insurance companies that provide substandard benefits for mental health care.

The Assembly approved SB1046 on a 70-0 vote Monday.

Insurers must pay to treat serious mental illness without separate limits or higher costs under state and federal laws. It applies to a range of conditions, including schizophrenia, eating disorders and autism in children.

Democratic state Senator Jim Beall of San Jose says his bill gives the agency overseeing self-employer and individual insurance plans more power to enforce those rules.

SB1046 would allow the Department of Insurance to levy per-day, per-patient fines against insurers for violations. Another agency that regulates most health plans already has the ability to levy penalties.

A health insurance trade group was neutral on the bill.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



Offensive or inappropriate comments are subject to removal. To report a comment, please e-mail us at, and include the name of the story and information on the comment.

Thank you!

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4