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Major Medicaid Breakthrough Announced For Autism

July 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2014) -- In a major victory for Medicaid coverage of autism, a federal agency has directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). An estimated one-third of all children with autism receive primary coverage through Medicaid.

Student With Autism Gains Legal Win To Use Service Dog

June 26, 2014

(June 26, 2014) -- A New Jersey school district that barred a student with autism from bringing his service dog to classes and after-school activities has agreed to reverse its policy under a settlement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ). The school's ban was found to be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Premera, LifeWise Agree To Cover Autism Treatment In Washington

May 19, 2014

(May 19, 2014) -- Premera Blue Cross and LifeWise Health Plan of Washington have agreed to settle three class action lawsuits by covering applied behavior analysis (ABA) as well as speech, occupational and physical therapy for autism. The proposed settlements are the latest victories for a Seattle law firm that has used the state's Mental Health Parity Act in a series of legal actions brought against insurers in Washington and Oregon.