Washington Autism Alliance and advocacy hails United States District Judge, Honorable Robert Lasnik’s order on Friday June 1st, 2012, granting a permanent injunction against Group Health Cooperative of Washington, invalidating the long standing practice of excluding Neurodevelopmental (i.e. Speech, Occupational and Physical) therapies for children over 6 years old in their ERISA plans!
[Continue reading...] Victory against Group Health invalidating Neurodevelopmental therapy exclusions!
As drivers become more accustomed to seeing walkers and cyclists on the road, they become more attentive and cautious overall. Instead of “get out of the way” campaigns, we now see messages like “THINK, Slow Down!” or “Kill your Speed, Not a Child”, that place the onus on drivers to increase their awareness of walkers and cyclists.
[Continue reading...] Safety in numbers, connect your networks towards greater stability
For years we’ve been reporting “[U]nder the Mental Health Parity Act private insurers are required to cover medically necessary behavior therapies including Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, as well neuro-developmental therapy (speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sensory-motor, neuropsychological evaluation etc.).”
Furthermore, we’ve noted, Washington’s Network Adequacy Statute require health plans to ensure that enrollees are entitled
[Continue reading...] Insurance carriers STILL not honoring Washington State Laws
The 6th Annual Autism Law Summit, dedicated to the passage, implementation and enforcement of meaningful autism insurance reform across the nation convened last week at the University of Utah’s Susan J. Quinney School of Law. Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks VP of State Government Affairs, facilitated the Summit, as she has for the past six years.
[Continue reading...] Autism insurance coverage, family-by-family, plan-by-plan and state-by-state
Shayan’s Law was brought forward because insurance companies have not been following the letter and spirit of Washington State Mental Health Parity for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Our collective advocacy has prompted legal experts to look into this very closely. We are awaiting the outcome of court cases testing Mental Health Parity and it’s protections for individuals with ASD’s in WA. We are prepared to block any action that will limit protection under Mental Health Parity for those with autism.
[Continue reading...] Shayan’s Law Update