Strict limits on mental health care still common for California patients
National Public Radio’s Here and Now aired this story by reporter Jenny Gold about the failure of Kaiser Permanente and other healthcare corporations to comply with mental health parity laws. The story includes an interview with NUHW member Melinda Ginne, a psychologist recently retired from Kaiser’s Oakland Medical Center who endured repeated retaliation from Kaiser for advocating for her patients.
The story had previously aired on multiple NPR affiliates, including KQED in San Francisco and Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles, and a print version ran on many websites and in many newspapers, including most of the Bay Area New Group papers — the Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Hayward Daily Review, Fremont Argus, Marin Independent Journal, Santa Cruz Sentinel, West County Times, and the San Ramon Valley Times.
This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news organization that is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation and not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.