California

California Cracks Down On Autism Insurance Denials

(April 17, 2014) -- The California Department of Insurance has won the go-ahead to enforce tough new requirements to stop private insurers from denying and delaying coverage for behavioral health treatments, su... More...

Medicaid Coverage For ABA Raised in California

SACRAMENTO (March 5, 2014) -- The leader of the California Senate has raised the possibility of funding coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) for autism through Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.

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Rolling Stone Looks at Story of High-Schooler with Autism Arrested for Selling Drugs

In an article entitled "The Entrapment of Jesse Snodgrass," Rolling Stone magazine looks at the story of Jesse Snodgrass, a 17-year-old hig... More...

Steinberg Calls March 4 Hearing To Assess Insurance Law

SACRAMENTO (February 21, 2014) -- California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has scheduled a March 4 hearing to examine the impacts of the state's 2011 autism insurance reform law, including a review of how the Regi... More...

Petes Brass Rail Superbowl Party Raises $28,355 for Autism Speaks

On Sunday, February 2nd the Ninth Annual Pete’s Brass Rail & Car Wash Superbowl Party in Danville, ... More...

Qualcomm Responds to Employees, Adds ABA Insurance Benefits

SAN DIEGO (December 11, 2013) -- Qualcomm, a wireless technology services firm, will introduce coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) for autism in its employee health plan in 2014. (The Qualcomm announcement came as ... More...

CA Cites 3 Insurers Over Improper Speech, OT Denials

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 disa... More...

FEHB and California

The following participating health plans will provide coverage for autism benefits in 2014:

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CA Insurance Law Extended Through 2016

SACRAMENTO (October 10, 2013) -- California's 2011 autism insurance law, which was scheduled to expire next summer, has been extended through 2016 under legislation signed yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown also signed ... More...

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