By Elaine Korry

July 11, 2017

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Blue Shield of California and its claims administrator wrongly restricted

patients' access to outpatient and residential mental health treatment, a

class-action lawsuit says.



Initially filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of

California, the complaint comes from two parents who allege their teenage

children were repeatedly denied coverage under their employer-based plans

despite serious mental and substance abuse problems. In June, a federal

district judge granted a request for class-action status, meaning that

patients whose claims were rejected under similar circumstances may join as