Calif. Goes After Blue Shield To Cover Autism Therapy

Law360, New York (July 14, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT) -- The California Department of Insurance announced Wednesday that it hit Blue Shield of California Life and Health Insurance Co. with an enforcement action for refusing to pay for an autism treatment method that state law requires insurers to cover.

The CDI said in a statement that Blue Shield had failed to comply with the California Mental Health Parity Act by denying coverage for applied behavior analysis therapy, which it described as a “common and proven” treatment approach for children with autism that involves behavioral conditioning techniques....
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