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Legal Update
9/11/2013
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
We're very proud of the legal team's recent victory in a lawsuit to bar discrimination against children. The California Court of Appeal's decision ended the Department of Managed Health Care’s discriminatory practice of allowing HMOs to deny treatment for autistic children on the basis that such treatment can only be administered...
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8/15/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A case before the California Court Of Appeals could affect the healthcare treatment of over 13,000 children with autism.
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8/15/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog fights to guarantee children with autism get the treatment they need
News Story
8/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES - Two state agencies that regulate slightly different kinds of health insurance plans are taking dramatically different views on the same state law that requires mental health coverage. Appellate court justices Wednesday heard arguments in the latest step of a four-year saga over a lawsuit that seeks to require the state Department of...
Legal Update
8/14/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
A panel of the California Court of Appeal today took up the long standing dispute about insurance companies’ obligations to cover a critical treatment for autistic children. At stake is whether the autistic children of many firefighters, cops and state employees will get the appropriate care when they need it. The case, brought by the non-...
News Story
8/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Law360, Los Angeles (August 14, 2013, 3:58 PM ET) -- Nonprofit consumer group Consumer Watchdog urged a California appellate court Wednesday to revive a lawsuit seeking to force insurers to pay for an autism treatment, arguing that a trial court erroneously ruled that patients may only receive coverage if a state-licensed therapist administered...
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8/14/2013
Posted by admin
While doctors recommend that getting treatment for autistic children is vital, insurance companies and state agencies battled over the bill for treatment. The specific method in question was Applied Behavioral Analysis or ABA, one of the most effective treatments for Autism. Lucy Noland reports.
News Release
1/8/2013
Posted by Doug Heller
Santa Monica, CA– A California Appellate Court in Los Angeles will consider a long-running dispute at a Tuesday afternoon hearing about insurance companies’ obligations to cover a critical treatment for autistic children.  The case, brought by the non-profit Consumer Watchdog, will also determine if families previously forced to...
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1/8/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Private insurance companies are required to cover an expensive treatment for children with autism, but that same coverage is being denied to children insured under MediCal and CalPers policies. As CBS 2's Randy Paige tells us, a court battle is underway to try and change that.
News Story
10/12/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Parents of children with autism lauded the governor's decision to sign into law a bill that requires health insurers to cover behavioral health treatments for their kids, but questions linger about the therapy and whether the coverage will continue after the main provisions of the federal health law go into effect in 2014. The law, Senate...