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NUHW Sues California’s “Obamacare” Exchange

NUHWLogo The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and five other plaintiffs filed suit in the Superior Court of Sacramento, California to block Kaiser Permanente from participating in California’s Health Benefit Exchange due to its substandard care that violates the Exchange’s rules. The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) fined Kaiser $4 million for committing multiple and “serious” violations related to its mental health services, including failing to give patients’ access to care and violating California’s Mental Health Parity Act. Last month California’s Health Benefits Exchange ignored state and federal law by signing a contract with Kaiser even after the Exchange had been fully apprised of Kaiser’s ineligibility to participate in California’s new health insurance market according to a recent report at the Herald Online.