Kaiser Permanente cited again over insufficient behavioral health coverage

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The California Department of Managed Care found Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente again violated state law requiring health plans provide members timely access to behavioral health treatment, according to a routine survey.

Here are three things to know.

1. The survey analyzed Kaiser Foundation Health Plan's behavioral health files from Dec. 1, 2014, through Jan. 1, 2015. State officials found while the payer pursued "extensive and meaningful efforts" to improve mental healthcare access, the issues persisted, California Healthline reports.

2. The findings come as Kaiser received three warnings and a $4 million dollar fine issued in 2013 for deficiencies in its mental health services.

3. The case has been sent back to the California Office of Enforcement. Further action may be taken, including an additional fine.

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