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Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center

December 11, 2013

COVINGTON, KY (December 11, 2013) -- A Toyota worker has sued the car manufacturer for denying insurance claims for his children's hospital treatment for autism on the basis that it was "educational." The complaint was filed just months after GM and Chrysler began voluntarily offering their employees insurance coverage for the treatment, applied behavior analysis (ABA).

November 19, 2013

SACRAMENTO (November 19, 2013) -- The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) has ordered three health insurers to stop denying claims filed for speech and occupational therapy for patients with developmental disabilities, including autism. The three insurers were ordered to reimburse the claims and one--Health Net--was also fined $300,000 for repeated violations.

November 10, 2013

MIAMI (November 10, 2013) -- A federal judge has ordered Florida's Medicaid program to immediately cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) for children with autism "to prevent irreversible harm to these children’s health and development." The Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case on behalf of the children.

Interacting With The Juvenile Justice System

The Ohio State Bar Foundation has produced a series of three videos to help guide parents, teachers and court personnel on cases involving children with developmental disabilities when they interact with the juvenile justice system. Learn more here.