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Federal Appeals Court Reaffirms Order on Autism, Mental Health Parity 

June 07, 2012

SACRAMENTO (June 7, 2012) — A federal appeals court has reaffirmed that California health plans must cover all medically necessary treatment for mental disorders as they do for physical illnesses under the state’s Mental Health Parity Act, according to the California Department of Insurance.

“This is a critically important decision that will help end unfair challenges so many families face when seeking autism treatment for their children,” said state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. The Insurance Department had filed a friend of the court brief in the case, which was an appeal brought by Blue Shield from the court’s August 2011 decision.

Read the Insurance Department release here.


Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Applauds Court Decision on Coverage Under California Mental Health Parity Act

News: 2012 Press Release

For Release: June 5, 2012

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Applauds Court Decision on Coverage Under California Mental Health Parity Act

Decision, in Which Department Submitted Amicus Brief, Reaffirms Health Plans Are Required to Cover All Medically Necessary Treatment for Severe Mental Illnesses

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision reconfirming its previous holding in Harlick v. Blue Shield that the California Mental Health Parity Act requires health plans to cover all medically necessary treatment for severe mental illnesses, subject only to financial terms and conditions, such as deductibles and copays, applicable to coverage for physical illnesses. The court agreed with arguments Commissioner Jones made in an amicus curiae brief. 

“This is a critically important decision that will help end unfair challenges so many families face when seeking autism treatment for their children,” Commissioner Jones said. “I applaud the court’s reaffirmation of its prior decision, thus making treatment for autism and other mental illnesses more accessible to the families and children needing it. I also applaud Lisa Kantor and Elizabeth Green, the lead attorneys for Ms. Harlick, for their advocacy and determination in securing this outcome.”

Following issuance of a decision in August 2011, Blue Shield petitioned the panel of three judges to rehear the case or, alternatively, refer it to the full Ninth Circuit for rehearing. Yesterday’s decision makes some modifications to the court’s earlier analysis, but reaffirms its conclusion that Blue Shield must provide coverage.

The plaintiff in the case, Jeanene Harlick, was a patient covered under a Blue Shield health plan. She was treated for anorexia at a residential care facility. Although anorexia is categorized as a severe mental illness under the California Mental Health Parity Act, Blue Shield denied coverage. It asserted, among other things, that residential treatment is not a specifically listed benefit under the Mental Parity Act and therefore not covered. The court rejected Blue Shield’s argument.

The court’s decision declares two important principles protecting patients with mental illness, including autism. First, the Mental Health Parity Act creates a mandate that insurers provide coverage for all medically necessary treatment for severe mental illness, which, like anorexia, may be life threatening. Second, coverage may be limited only by the same financial terms and conditions, such as deductibles or copays, applicable to coverage for physical illnesses.



The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $394 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.


The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community

* The “autism community” is not the Autistic Community. The autism community was created by non-Autistic led organizations and includes mostly parents, professionals and their friends. Most of what the world knows about autism is sourced from the non-Autistic “autism community.”


Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.


The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.


Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.


[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.



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