Consumer Group Wants Insurers Forced To Cover Autism Care

Law360, Los Angeles (August 14, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT) -- Nonprofit consumer group Consumer Watchdog urged a California appellate court Wednesday to revive a lawsuit seeking to force insurers to pay for an autism treatment, arguing that a trial court erroneously ruled that patients may only receive coverage if a state-licensed therapist administered the treatment.

At oral arguments, Fredric D. Woocher, a lawyer representing the Santa Monica, Calif.-based Consumer Watchdog, argued that state law provides that the Applied Behavioral Analysis treatment used on autism patients must be given coverage by insurance companies, which he accused of hiding behind...
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