Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Blue Shield to Cover ABA! What's the Catch?

From Laura Shumaker of the

I was encouraged when I read the following press release, last Friday:
SACRAMENTO -- Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg said he's pleased with what may be significant progress in the fair insurance coverage of therapy for people with autism, after the Department of Managed Health Care revealed a new insurance settlement agreement with one of the state's largest HMOs during a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders.
During Wednesday's hearing, DMHC revealed a settlement agreement with Blue Shield of California regarding insurance coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) in the treatment of autism and related disorders. DMHC also indicated it is in similar negotiations with Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente. Those three health plans represent an estimated 95 percent of the 22 million Californians covered by HMOs, according to testimony at the hearing.

Good news! Great news as a matter of fact. There must be a catch.

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