Michigan insurer to offer some autism coverage

05/12/2009 | Detroit News, The

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced it will begin covering some autism therapy on July 1, as a federal lawsuit looms. Children who are 2 to 5 years old will be eligible for up to 60 sessions of applied behavioral analysis under the company's plan. "We are pleased that the pressure of our federal court lawsuit has caused Blue Cross to begin doing the right thing, and we are confident that our litigation will cause Blue Cross to provide other relief and benefits to those children with autism," said attorney Gerard Mantese, whose client, the father of a 7-year-old boy with autism, is seeking class action status for the lawsuit.

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