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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.

"This is a critically important decision that will help end unfair challenges so many families face when seeking autism treatment for their children," said state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. The Insurance Department had filed a friend of the court brief in the case, which was an appeal brought by Blue Shield from the court's August 2011 decision.

Read the Insurance Department release here.