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Health Net and Cigna Settle with CDI over Autism

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today that he has reached a settlement with Health Net and Cigna regarding coverage of Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy (ABA) for autism.

This makes three carriers who have reached settlement with the CA Dept of Insurance with regard to appropriately covering ABA and autism in California.

Last month CDI reached a settlement with Blue Shield of California to provide ABA coverage for autism. See my Jan 31 blog post: (http://davefluker.blogspot.com/2012/01/blue-shield-ca-agrees-to-settlement.html)

Of interest is Dave Jones' comment regarding Anthem Blue Cross of California (which was not forced to settle any issues with regard to autism and ABA coverage). Per Dave Jones:

"And we are pleased to reconfirm and acknowledge Anthem Blue Cross of California for providing this treatment as the Department of Insurance has directed since November 2009."


Link to the full announcement from CDI: http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2012/release017-12.cfm

If there any further settlements with regard to ABA therapy and autism, I will let you know in a future blog.

Dave
www.davefluker.com

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