State Insurance Department Reaches Autism Settlements with Health Net,

SACRAMENTO (February 28, 2012) -- The California Department of Insurance announced that it has reached favorable settlements with two major health insurers, Health Net and Cigna, to cover behavioral therapy for autism when deemed medically necessary.

"We are pleased that Health Net and Cigna now recognize their current obligations to provide crucial behavioral health treatment to the thousands of children who must live with autism every day," said state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "And we are pleased to reconfirm and acknowledge Anthem Blue Cross of California for providing this treatment as the Department of Insurance has directed since November 2009. These agreements mean more families with autistic children won't have to lose sleep over whether or not they can afford a therapy that's been proven to transform lives."

Read the Department of Insurance release here.