By Emily Brill (November 7, 2019, 7:33 PM EST) -- The mother of a 13-year-old slapped United Behavioral Health with a class action in California federal court Thursday, saying the UnitedHealth Group subsidiary's refusal to greenlight payments for an autism treatment violates the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
The suit accuses UBH of wrongfully enforcing certain employee benefit plans' bans on covering applied behavior analysis, an autism treatment that emphasizes building social and life skills. UBH requires many plans under its purview to cover this treatment, so it shouldn't have let the plans in question block it, the complaint says.
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