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October 9, 2014 at 12:12 PM

State Supreme Court: Insurers must cover therapies to treat autism

OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court says health insurers must cover certain developmental therapies, such as those used to treat autism, if they’re medically necessary. The justices on Thursday unanimously rejected arguments from Regence BlueShield, which claimed that the state’s Mental Health Parity Act does not require coverage of neurodevelopmental therapies. Those can include speech, occupational and…

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October 31, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Autism therapy to be covered for children on Medicaid

Children with autism spectrum disorders insured by the state’s Apple Health program,  including those on Medicaid, will be covered for Applied Behavior Analysis  (ABA) therapy under a lawsuit settlement approved by U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Jones. The lawsuit was filed by the Northwest Justice Project, a statewide legal aid program, in the wake of similar settlements in…

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July 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Group Health agrees to cover autism therapy

Group Health Cooperative has agreed to cover Applied Behavioral Therapy to treat autism and autism spectrum disorders under a class-action settlement now under review by a King County Superior Court judge. The lawsuit, filed in 2010 by the law firm Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore, covers about 800 Group Health members, and is one of six similar pending lawsuits brought…

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