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California insurance commissioner wants autism law enforced

Published On: Feb 28 2013 08:21:11 AM CST
Hidden costs of autism

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

California's insurance regulator has been getting complaints and wants last year's autism treatment law enforced.

  There's been an explosion in autism and demand for behavioral therapies.

  The California Department of Insurance says insurers have been skirting their obligation under the state law requiring insurers to provide costly behavioral therapies for autism. The treatments can cost $50,000 a year for each child.

  The Los Angeles Times says the agency is now proposing emergency regulations aimed at getting insurers to cover the treatments. The Office of Administrative Law will decide in March whether to put them into effect.

  State officials say they have received dozens of complaints that insurers have been delaying and denying coverage by imposing limits on how much therapy a child can receive and who can provide it.