California

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...

CA State Employees Gain ABA Coverage through Court Ruling

LOS ANGELES (September 11, 2013) -- A California policy that allowed unlicensed but nationally board-certified ABA practitioners to provide therapy under some health plans but declared this illegal for plans covering lower-income ... More...

CA Lawmakers Extend Autism Insurance Reform Through 2016

SACRAMENTO (September 6, 2013) -- The California Senate gave final legislative approval to a bill extending the state's autism insurance reform law, set to expire next summer, through 2016. The bill now goes to Governor Jerry ... More...

School District Offered Family Thousands to Keep Son with Autism out of School

The mother of David Swanson, a 21-year-old with autism and diabetes, says school districts in Yuba City, California have offered her as much as $86,000 to keep her son out of school and have barred him from attending classes with his private duty ... More...

UHC Agrees To Stop Denying Speech Therapy in California

SACRAMENTO (August 29, 2013) -- As a result of enforcement action brought by the state of California, United HealthCare of California (UHC) has agreed to stop routinely denying claims for speech therapy and to reimburse its subscr... More...

Kaiser to Reimburse CA Families $9.3 million for ABA, Speech

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 12, 2013) -- California families denied coverage by Kaiser Permanente for applied behavior analysis (ABA) and speech therapy for their children with autism between 2004 and 2012 can apply for up to... More...

8 Autism Bills on the Move in CA Legislature

SACRAMENTO (July 9, 2013) -- The California Legislature has sent one autism bill to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature and moved seven others towards final passage. Six of the bills were ... More...

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