As the Kaiser healers approach the fourth week of the Unspecified Strike, an interesting development has developed in the battle against CaliforniaBiggest HMO. State regulators launched an investigation last week into whether Kaiser Permanente It is violating state laws by not providing its members with timely access to mental health care during an open-ended strike that began on August 15. The Department of Managed Health Care said it received 19 complaints from patients from August 15 to 20 about accessing behavioral health appointments at Kaiser. The National Federation of Health Care Workers, which represents striking therapists, also filed a formal complaint with the agency, alleging that Kaiser had abdicated its legal duty to provide care.
In a statement, Kaiser said several hundred mental health workers continue to work and support members during the strike. “As of today, about 40% of our dedicated doctors are interested in organs rather than on strike, with more coming back each day,” Kaiser said in a statement last week. “In addition, psychiatrists, clinical directors, and other Kaiser Permanente-certified physicians are stepping in to meet with people who need care.”