Advocates Gain Traction in Insurance Coverage for Autism

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Group Health Cooperative has become the first insurer in Washington to pay for such treatment, while legislation is being drafted in Oregon

July 24, 2012 -- Advocates have strengthened their hand in seeking additional insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) treatment. Throughout the West Coast, they’ve achieved victories in the court system and, in Oregon, are focusing their attention on legislative changes.

Attorneys Help Families Struggling with Autism

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In a recent case, PacificSource was required to pay for an individualized treatment known as Applied Behavior Analysis

May 15, 2012 -- Two attorneys who’ve successfully sued insurance companies for failing to pay for autism treatments held a workshop in Portland last week to help families struggling with the same situation.

Legislators Begin Working on Insurance Coverage for Autism

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Paul Terdal, who has two sons diagnosed with autism, has been shepherding the legislation since 2009

May 7, 2012 -- Although Oregon’s next legislative session is 10 months away, work is already beginning on legislation to establish requirements for health insurance coverage of autism spectrum disorders and streamline the process of obtaining care.

A closed door work session was held at the Capitol on May 1, and included legislators, insurance industry representatives and autism advocates such as Portland resident Paul Terdal, the father of two autistic sons.


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