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Wit v. UBH: What it Means to You

December 21, 2020
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*On March 22, 2022 the Ninth Circuit Court reversed the US District Court for the Northern District of California’s February 2019 decision in Wit v. United Behavioral Health. To read more about this development and what it could mean to you, visit: www.austenriggs.org/news/the-reversal-of-wit-v-ubh
In November 2020, a federal magistrate issued a stinging rebuke to the United Behavioral Health division of UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest behavioral health insurer, saying it could no longer use its overly restrictive guidelines to deny mental health and substance use treatment and compelled them to reprocess over 50,000 claims.
In this video, Austen Riggs Medical Director and CEO (and APA Area 1 Trustee running for re-election) Eric M. Plakun, MD, who served as plaintiffs’ expert in Wit v. United Behavioral Health, details how the order hands clinicians and professional groups a powerful tool to reclaim their role in determining access to care for patients.
Plakun shares:
“A recent federal ruling could do more to implement the mental health parity law and reduce health disparities than anything since the law passed in 2008. The verdict is more than a news story. It’s a powerful tool we can use as clinicians and through our professional organizations.”



Eric M. Plakun, MD