The Autism Insurance Mandate Bill (SB 946) authored by Sen. Darrell Steinberg is awaiting Governor Brown’s action. This landmark bill, if signed by the Governor, will ensure that the health plans and insurance companies provide the most appropriate and effective medical treatments to people with autism.
Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made a landmark decision in a case involving California’s Mental Health Parity Act (AB-88). In the suit, the plaintiff, who suffers from Anorexia Nervosa, one of the serious mental illnesses covered by California’s Parity Law, argued that because her treatment was deemed medically necessary, that it should have been paid for by her insurance carrier regardless of whether or not it was a plan benefit. In the Parity Act, an insurance plan that falls under the scope of the act is required to provide ALL medically necessary care for serious mental illnesses stating,
On Monday July 11, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) reached a settlement with Blue Shield of California, in which Blue Shield agreed to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASD).