Monday, October 10, 2011

Opinion: Autism Treatment Law Shows Insurers' Need for Therapy

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill requiring health insurers to include coverage for treatments associated with autism.
When I read that Monday, my first thought was: Why aren't such treatments already covered?
But my question was quickly answered by a statement from the California Assn. of Health Plans, an industry group, which warned that the new law will "drive up healthcare costs for families and businesses by nearly $850 million a year."
In other words, it's all about the money.

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