New California Law Requires that Short-Term Disability Policies Provide Coverage for Severe Mental Illness

Posted in: Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, Insurance Litigation Blog, Legislation, News August 05, 2014

In a victory for insurance consumers and mental health advocates, a recent change to the California Insurance Code mandates that short-term disability insurance policies provide coverage for “severe mental illnesses” as that term is defined in the Insurance Code.

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California Bans the Inclusion of Policy Provisions Giving Insurance Companies Discretionary Authority to Decide Claims

Posted in: Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Litigation Blog, Legislation, News, Standard of Review October 07, 2011

In a major victory for consumers, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that makes discretionary clauses – typically contained in ERISA-governed life, health and disability insurance policies/ERISA plans void and unenforceable in new or renewed policies.  SB 621 was authored …

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