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News Story
10/10/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
California insurers will have to cover behavioral treatments for autism   Getty Images Gov. Jerry Brown signed a number of bills over the weekend, including a requirement that insurers cover behavioral therapies for people with autism. He also signed measures aimed at curbing bullying and under-age drinking. Health insurers...
Blog Post
9/10/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
The clock ticking down on the last night in the California statehouse is always a lot like waiting for last call at a rowdy bar around 2 AM -- you wonder how much damage will done before the last shot.  For years my colleagues and I have stood watch on the California legislature,into the wee hours of the morning, to make sure that...
News Release
7/20/2011
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
In a letter this week, Consumer Watchdog called on Governor Brown to replace Schwarzenegger-era regulators at the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) after DMHC officials misrepresented the details of an autism settlement with Blue Shield at a legislative hearing last week, and then signed a similar settlement with Blue Cross. Ten of eleven...
News Story
7/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Families say it will still be difficult to find treatment Sacramento, CA -- Leading autism and consumer advocacy organizations in California are calling a settlement agreed to last week between the state and Blue Shield of California to expand coverage for autism treatment a "sham" that will not result in more therapy for people with...
Legal Update
7/14/2011
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
What's worse than an insurance company that denies a child access to medically necessary treatments for autism?  A complicit regulator that's too cozy with the very insurers that they are charged to oversee. On Wednesday, Governor Brown's Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) tried to convince Senate President Darrell...
News Story
7/14/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Sacramento -- Parents of children with autism are hopeful they have scored a victory this week after Blue Shield of California has agreed to pay for a form of therapy for the developmental disorder that it previously refused to cover. The announcement that Blue Shield will pay for behavioral therapies for autism treatment - a step that other...
News Release
7/13/2011
Posted by Jerry Flanagan
Sacramento, CA – Autistic children with health insurance coverage regulated under the Brown administration’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) are routinely denied access to treatment in violation of state law while children whose policies are regulated by the Department of Insurance (DOI), led by Insurance Commissioner Dave...
Courtroom Case
6/30/2011
Posted by Pam Pressley
Consumer Watchdog Sues California Department of Managed Health Care for Permitting HMOs to Deny Treatments to Autistic Children after Secret Meetings Between State Employees and HMO Execs Los Angeles Superior Court BS 121397 UPDATE: Court Issues Preliminary Ruling Holding Autism Treatment Denials, Agency Actions Illegal. Autism is a serious...
News Story
1/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) overstepped its constitutional authority in issuing a memorandum to health insurance companies on how to handle consumer complaints about autism treatment, a state judge ruled Dec. 30 (Consumer Watchdog v. California Department of Managed Health Care, Cal. Super. Ct...
News Story
1/5/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES - A Superior Court judge overseeing an unusual consumer lawsuit against state regulators found that a 2009 policy that has allowed health insurance plans to more easily deny coverage for some costly autism therapies constituted an "underground regulation," but has declined to intervene. Though Los Angeles Superior Court...