Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Popular Autism Therapy Closer to Insurance Coverage

SEATTLE -- Two recent events come as good news for parents of children with autism — some of whom have struggled to pay for an expensive therapy not now covered by state-funded insurance plans.

In a case involving three children with autism-spectrum disorders, a judge has ruled that state coverage plans can't impose a blanket exclusion on the therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).

And a state panel has voted to cover — with qualifications — the two most promising types of ABA therapy. The panel decides what treatments the state should cover for state employees, injured workers and people on Medicaid

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