Mental health services should depend on doctors, not insurers

“Not medically necessary.”

In short, our insurance company failed us.

Our insurance company failed our teenage son and as a result he paid with his life.

We paid with unimaginable, endless, all-consuming grief.

On January 11, 2015, our 15-year-old son Jake died of suicide. He died because our insurance company considered that his mental health treatment was not necessary from a medical point of view, in direct contradiction with the assessment of his doctors.

No other family should experience the loss we have experienced.

The court decision offers the necessary protection

Together with many advocates of mental health, we rejoiced on February 28, 2019 in response to a remarkable decision on one of the most important cases of health policy of the 21st century, Wit v. United Behavioral Health (UBH).

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