New Class Action Gives People with Autism Their Day in Court

Posted on: July 18th, 2011 by Lawrence A. Friedman

Federal court in Potter v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has authorized a class action against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Plaintiffs claim that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan improperly denied health benefit claims for applied behavior analysis therapy on grounds that it is investigative or experimental. The decision is procedural in that it simply allows plaintiffs to assert their claims on behalf of themselves and others who are similarly situated. However, full court proceedings are required to determine whether the claim has merit. Thus, barring an unusually quick settlement, the case is unlikely to be resolved for some time. While the case only affects Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan claimants directly, it could help others bring similar claims. For further information on issues affecting people with autism and other serious disabilities see special needs articles tab and special needs FAQs

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