More good news for special needs parents in California…with CalMHSA (Prop 63 support for mental health services for all and early intervention clinics such as PREP for youth psychosis), parent-activists like Laura Schumaker, and a proactive insurance commission, kids with mental health disorders do better here than in many other states…just one example, the coverage Laura discusses in this post on SF CHRONICLE providing behavioral therapy treatment for autism.
CA is now a model for the country…
As reported in the SF Chronicle…Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that he has reached favorable settlement agreements with two major health insurers, Health Net and Cigna, to guarantee coverage of behavioral therapy for autism, and to provide it to all insureds whenever medically necessary.
The two new settlement agreements follow a similar settlement agreement reached last month with Blue Shield to provide behavioral health treatments, including Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy (ABA), a well-recognized and effective treatment for autism. In addition, Commissioner Jones reconfirmed that since November 2009 yet another major health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross of California, has been providing coverage of behavioral therapy for autism pursuant to Department of Insurance direction.