Thursday, March 14, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announces emergency regulation requiring medically necessary treatment for autism in children

Regulation prohibits limits on coverage and denials of behavioral health treatment
SACRAMENTO - Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced that the California Department of Insurance (CDI) has filed an emergency regulation with the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) aimed at addressing delays and denials of coverage for autism treatment in children. This regulation is being sought by Commissioner Jones to further protect children diagnosed with autism and their families from the emotional, physical, and financial harms caused by insurer denials or as a result of significant delays in treatment.
"Children diagnosed with autism should not be denied or delayed in obtaining the life-changing treatment that they so desperately need," said Commissioner Jones. "Many insurers are failing to comply with California law that mandates medically necessary treatment. This regulation will clarify insurers' obligations to provide these critical services."
Read more of the CDI press release  HERE.
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