Governor Doug Ducey publicly has called for health insurers to step up on mental health care, saying in January that companies should be covering mental health "just like they cover an annual physical."
But the governor has been silent on a bill that — according to some pharmacists — could allow insurance companies to deny coverage to patients who take medications for mental illnesses.
Despite not making any public comments, Ducey's office made a call to the Arizona Board of Pharmacy's director after the board came out against the bill. Pharmacy Board director Kamlesh Gandhi had just submitted a letter claiming the legislation put the interests of insurance companies over that of patients. One day after the call, Gandhi and the board flipped their position on the bill.
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