Individual psychiatrists and psychiatric associations lack standing to sue health plans they claim discriminate against patients with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders, a federal appeals court has held.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said the plaintiffs in American Psychiatric Association v. Anthem Health Plans, 14-3993-cv, lacked a cause of action to sue on behalf of themselves and their patients under the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, 29 U.S.C. §1185(a) and the Employment Retirement Income Security Act, 29 U.S.C. §1001-1461.

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