Practice Organization recognizes NY attorney general for resolving issue with Cigna
The APA Practice Organization and the New York State Association of Neuropsychology (NYSAN) presented an award to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman at a reception on May 19, 2017, in New York. The organizations honored the attorney general for his handling of their complaint challenging Cigna’s national neuropsychological coverage policy. Nationally, Schneiderman’s office has been at the forefront of enforcing mental health parity laws and other laws protecting health insurance consumers.
As reported in the March 9, 2017, issue of PracticeUpdate, NYSAN and the Practice Organization and its partners on the Inter Organizational Practice Committee1 filed a complaint with the New York attorney general regarding Cigna’s policy of excluding neuropsychological testing for “psychiatric disorders” and a number of other conditions. The attorney general investigated the complaint and ultimately reached a settlement with Cigna, which resulted in Cigna’s nationwide policy change eliminating these exclusions.
Assistant Attorney General Michael Reisman, JD, accepted the award on behalf of the attorney general. Riesman has taken a lead role in the investigations of major health insurers by the New York Attorney General’s Office. Those complaints concerned mental health parity and other consumer protection issues.
NYSAN also thanked Shirley Ann Higuchi, JD, and Alan Nessman, JD, from the APA Practice Organization’s Office of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for their legal support on the Cigna matter and other advocacy efforts.
1 The Inter Organizational Practice Committee is a coalition of the APA Practice Organization, the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology/Div. 40 of the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology.