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Washington

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.

August 28, 2012

SEATTLE (August 27, 2012) -- The Seattle Times in an editorial 'Lawsuit victory for treatment of autism' praised a series of recent court settlements in class action lawsuits brought against Washington health insurers that make behavioral health treatments more accessible for autism.

Senate Bill 5059 (Shayan's Law) - Sponsored by State Senator Ed Murray (43rd district)
January 21, 2011
  • Would require health insurance companies to provide coverage of the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders
  • A health care plan may not terminate coverage, or refuse to deliver, execute, issue, amend, adjust, or renew coverage to an enrollee solely because the individual is diagnosed with, or has received treatment for, an autism spectrum disorder
  • The bill has no cap on age or number of visits
  • The bill has no annual benefit dollar limit
July 16, 2012

SEATTLE -- The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) has settled with a group of state employees who sued for coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to treat autism under the state'’s Uniform Medical Plan.