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NY attorney general offers help getting health coverage

Lonnie Tague, United States Department of Justice, Wikipedia

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New York's attorney general says people denied insurance coverage for addiction treatment and mental illness should contact his office for help.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the state's 2006 mental health parity law requires insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders at least equal to their coverage for other health conditions.

He says state insurance law also requires coverage consistent with the 2008 federal law that prohibits greater financial requirements and treatment limitations for mental health than on medical or surgical benefits.

New Yorkers facing barriers to coverage are asked to call his office at 1-800-428-9071.

Over the past two years, the office has signed agreements with Cigna, MVP, EmblemHealth, ValueOptions/Beacon, and Excellus intended to bring them into compliance with the laws.