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California again slams Kaiser for delays in mental health treatment
California again slams Kaiser for delays in mental health treatment

For the second time in two years, California regulators slammed HMO giant Kaiser Permanente for causing mental health patients, including some who were severely depressed or suicidal, to endure long delays for treatment. The state Department of Managed Health Care said in a report Tuesday that some Kaiser patients continue to wait weeks to see therapists and psychiatrists. The agency also criticized Kaiser for giving patients misleading information about the extent of their mental health coverage. To illustrate the problem, state officials cited several stark examples of patients in serious distress, including a sexual assault victim and a young girl with significant behavior problems,...

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