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Kaiser Will Pay $200 Million in a California Behavioral Health Settlement

Health care giant Kaiser Permanente agreed to a $200 million settlement with the state of California to resolve investigations into its behavioral health system that showed patients experienced delays in care.

The deal announced today includes a $50 million fine and requires Kaiser Permanente to fix major problems in its behavioral health services, such as providing patients with timely access to care. Kaiser Permanente also agreed to invest $150 million over five years to improve its programs.

Gov. Gavin Newsom called the settlement “a tectonic shift in terms of our accountability on the delivery of behavioral health services.” It’s the largest-ever penalty levied by the state department that oversees mental health services.

Read the source article at CalMatters

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