New California Legislation Ensures Autism CoveragePrint This Post Oct 24th, 2011 | By lisa | Category: Insurance
Legislation Allows Children to Receive Behavioral Therapy
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for his signing of SB 946, which requires insurance companies and health care service plans to provide coverage of behavioral therapy for autism as a medical benefit. The legislation, jointly authored by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), received strong support from Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and the California Department of Insurance (CDI).
“Behavioral therapy is widely considered to be an essential and effective method for treating children with autism, and it’s a long overdue development for insurers to offer coverage for this treatment,” said Commissioner Jones. “SB 946 represents a major step forward in ensuring that children with autism get the treatment they need in order to live the high-quality lives they deserve… (Read the Full Announcement)