- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Health care giant Kaiser Permanente has agreed to pay a $4 million fine over allegations it denied some patients timely access to mental health services.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa (https://bit.ly/1qM1E5r) reports that Oakland-based Kaiser has dropped its appeal of the fine issued last year by the state Department of Managed Health Care.

The department said Kaiser patients faced long waitlists to see a mental health professional. It also accused Kaiser of having educational materials that discouraged patients from seeking medically necessary care.

Kaiser, which disagreed with many of the state’s findings, said in a statement it wanted to focus all of its energy on its continuing efforts to improve mental health care service.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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