Calif. Insurance Dept. Pushes For Greater Autism Coverage

Law360, New York (February 28, 2013, 7:25 PM EST) -- California’s insurance overseer on Thursday issued a regulation it said would help enforce a state law mandating health insurers provide coverage of autism treatments for children, following allegations some insurers had failed to comply with the statute.

According to California insurance commissioner Dave Jones, the California Department of Insurance's "emergency" regulation would help address the “emotional, physical and financial” harms caused by the unlawful denial of or delays to coverage of autism treatment for children by health insurers and health maintenance organizations.

"Children diagnosed with autism...
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