State Insurance Commissioner: Autism Benefits 'Long Overdue'

SACRAMENTO (Oct. 11, 2011) -- California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones applauded Governor Jerry Brown's signing of SB 946, the autism insurance reform bill, as "long overdue" recognition that behavioral treatments should be treated as covered medical benefits. The state Insurance Department took a leading role in arguing that behavioral intervention therapies, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), should be viewed as a mandated treatment under California's Mental Health Parity Act (Act).