Governor Cuomo Issues Zero Tolerance Policy for Insurers that Fail to Provide Equal Substance Use Coverage

Legal Action Center (LAC) applauds the recent announcement by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that his administration has issued guidance to insurers regarding their legal obligations to provide mental health and substance use disorders coverage at parity with medical or surgical care.

LAC President Paul N. Samuels issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

“We are thrilled to see the Cuomo administration take such a bold, leadership position when it comes to coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. By staking out a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for insurance companies that fail to provide legally mandated coverage, the Governor is making it clear that access to care is a priority. This action keeps New York as a leader in the nation when it comes to parity enforcement. Much work remains to be done to ensure the promise of this policy is fully realized, and we look forward to working with the Governor and leaders in the state to ensure more people are able to receive mental health and addiction treatment services.”

For more information on LAC’s work to support enforcement of New York and federal parity requirements, please visit LAC’s parity resources.

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