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Blue Shield of California agrees to cover autism treatment

An agreement between the state and Blue Shield of California confirms an expensive autism therapy will get coverage.

February 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Blue Shield of California will provide coverage of an expensive autism treatment after reaching an agreement with the state.

The state insurance commission said a new law about mental health coverage requires the insurer to provide certain behavioral therapies, including applied behavioral analysis therapy.

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said his department took action against the insurer in July to get Tuesday's settlement that promises the insurer will comply with the state's Mental Health Parity law.

Blue Shield said it has been providing the coverage since July. The new settlement confirms that the coverage will continue, according to the state.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.