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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.

Washington St. Employees Agree to $3.5 Million ABA Settlement

July 10, 2013

SEATTLE (July 9, 2013) -- Washington State employees whose insurance claims for applied behavior analysis (ABA) for their children with autism were wrongfully denied may soon be eligible for $3.5 million in reimbursement.

In a class action suit brought on behalf of all Washington state workers, the plaintiffs and the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) have announced they have agreed to a preliminary settlement creating a special fund to reimburse families for their out-of-pocket ABA expenses.

Federal Judge Issues Key Ruling on Mental Health Parity

June 12, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (June 12, 2012) – – Autism Speaks hailed a federal court ruling that a Washington health plan’s refusal to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), speech, occupational, physical and other neurodevelopmental therapies after age six violated the state’s Mental Health Parity Act. The therapies are commonly used to treat the developmentally disabled, including persons with autism.

Federal Appeals Court Reaffirms Order on Autism, Mental Health Parity

June 07, 2012

SACRAMENTO (June 7, 2012) -- A federal appeals court has reaffirmed that California health plans must cover all medically necessary treatment for mental disorders as they do for physical illnesses under the state's Mental Health Parity Act, according to the California Department of Insurance.

State Insurance Commissioner: Autism Benefits 'Long Overdue'

October 11, 2011

SACRAMENTO (Oct. 11, 2011) -- California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones applauded Governor Jerry Brown's signing of SB 946, the autism insurance reform bill, as "long overdue" recognition that behavioral treatments should be treated as covered medical benefits. The state Insurance Department took a leading role in arguing that behavioral intervention therapies, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), should be viewed as a mandated treatment under California's Mental Health Parity Act (Act).