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New regulations assure appropriate treatment for autism

News: 2014 Press Release

For Release: April 16, 2014
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New regulations assure appropriate treatment for autism
Permanent mental health parity regulations approved

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - New mental health parity regulations have been approved by the Office of Administrative Law. These regulations drafted and proposed by the California Department of Insurance make sure insurance companies cover medically necessary treatment for children and individuals with autism.

"Approval of the mental health parity regulation will help end improper insurer delays and denials of medically necessary treatments for autistic individuals," said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "This regulation provides clear guidance to the industry, stakeholders and consumers on the requirements of the Mental Health Parity Act from 1999."

Prior to these new regulations insurers were able to delay or deny medically necessary treatment for individuals with autism. The regulations further define the circumstances in which insurers must cover behavioral health treatments for autism. The regulations interpret and make specific the Mental Health Parity Act and gives more detailed guidance regarding the scope of the Act's provisions as they relate to autism treatment.

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