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On the Road to Autism Insurance Reform: Are we there yet?

This summer, my family and I did a lot of road-driving.  We drove on one of the most beautiful roads I’ve even been on – the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. We drove on a road that seemed interminable – I-95-North, from South Carolina to Massachusetts. (This drive permits a large quantity of “Are we there yets?”)  We drove a ridiculous number of toll

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’60 Minutes’ Spotlights Insurance Denials For Mental Health

California fights back through legal action, regulation December 16, 2014 California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has commended CBS “60 Minutes” for highlighting the difficulties individuals experience in securing longterm mental health coverage and highlighted his agency’s efforts to improve benfits, particularly for the treatment of autism. The CBS segment, entitled “Denied,” [view below] aired December 14 and focused on claims processed by Anthem. CBS found that 90

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Federal Judge Removes Key Roadblock To ABA Insurance Coverage

In Oregon class action suit, judge rejects ‘developmental disability exclusion’ widely used to deny claims August 13, 2014 PORTLAND, OR (August 13, 2014) — A “developmental disability exclusion” widely used by insurers to deny claims for applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for autism has been rejected in Oregon by a federal judge as a violation of federal and state mental health parity law. Ruling in

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USVI Enacts Autism Insurance Reform

U.S. territory joins 37 states and DC to have acted May 20, 2014 (May 20, 2014) — U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John P. deJongh has signed an autism insurance reform bill into law, enabling the U.S. Territory to join 37 states and the District of Columbia which have enacted reform. Modeled after legislation enacted in 2009 by Connecticut, the bill (30-0202) requires USVI-regulated health plans to cover the diagnosis

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ABA And Licensing: Why It Matters For Your Insurance

Dan Unumb, executive director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center, weighs in The implementation of autism insurance laws has been frustrated at times by demands that practitioners of applied behavior analysis (ABA) gain a state license before their services can qualify for reimbursement — even in states that do not have licenses for behavior analysts. The Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center joined recently in a

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