According to the suit, ABA therapy is a medically and scientifically accepted treatment that enables children with autism to increase communication, motor, and reasoning skills; enhance social functioning; decrease negative behaviors; and lead more independent lives. The U.S. Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, a report commissioned by Medicare and Medicaid, and leading scholars and researchers have all found ABA therapy to be effective in treating autism spectrum disorder. The evidence also shows that denying or delaying treatment can have profound negative consequences to the children. Denial of therapy forever destroys the potential of these children to live full and independent lives.Despite this evidence, Blue Cross characterized ABA therapy as "experimental" and refused coverage to all children with autism. It was this characterization and denial of coverage for ABA therapy that the federal court in Detroit struck down as illegal.
UPDATED: Federal Court Strikes Down Blue Cross Of Michigan's Denial Of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy To Children With Autism
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