Judge: Insurance denial of treatment for autism violated California law

10/27/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A Los Angeles County judge recently declared illegal a decision by an insurance company to deny coverage for behavioral therapy for children with autism because the provider was not licensed by California. The ruling is part of a larger lawsuit filed by Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica, Calif., advocacy group, against California's Department of Managed Health Care. The group argues that the state should provide more support to patients in their fight for better insurance coverage for people with autism.

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