Autism Treatment Settled with Blue Shield

Autism treatment dispute settled with Blue Shield

The Associated Press
Posted:   01/31/2012 06:12:55 PM PST

LOS ANGELES—A state regulator has reached an agreement with Blue Shield of California to provide coverage of a pricey type of autism treatment.Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says his department took action against the insurer in July to get Tuesday’s settlement that promises the insurer will comply with the state’s Mental Health Parity law.

The law requires coverage for medically necessary behavioral therapies, including applied behavioral analysis therapy.

Blue Shield spokesman Steve Shivinsky says the settlement confirms the insurer’s existing policy dating back to July 2011, when the state’s other health insurance regulator, the Department of Managed Health Care, made similar demands for HMO policyholders.

Shivinsky says the insurer then began providing ABA services for all of its policyholders, and Tuesday’s agreement only confirms it.

The Autism Society of California

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Emily Iland, President, Autism Society of Los Angeles

It will gather perceptions and experiences relative to the education and services an individual with ASD receives across their entire lifespan in California. The information received will be used to assist the State of California in becoming more responsive to the needs of our community during this turbulent financial time. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is located on a secure server to ensure that the information collected will remain confidential. We are asking that the survey be completed by January 31, 2012. The results of this survey will be published on our website at by mid-March. Parents and individuals will be given the option of providing their email address so they may receive the results directly as well. Please share these links!