Sign the Petition: Gov. Newsom, Sign SB 855!
Californians are sick of being denied coverage for mental health and addiction treatment because insurers say the care isn’t “medically necessary.”
Now, COVID-19 has made access to mental health and addiction treatment services even harder to come by.
That’s why we’re urging Governor Newsom to sign SB 855, a bipartisan bill that empowers patients and their providers — not insurers — to set the best course of care.
SB 855 would:
- Require insurers to provide medically necessary care for all mental health and substance use disorders.
- Define medically necessary care for mental health and substance use disorders so services must meet generally accepted standards of care.
- Require that when patients can’t access timely, nearby care in-network, insurers must cover needed care out-of-network.
These and other reforms in SB 855 would make access to behavioral health care the same as access to physical health care, expand the availability of behavioral health services, and give patients and their providers strong tools to hold insurers accountable for equal coverage.