Bay Area parents file autism suit

February 11, 2009 6:14:44 PM PST
The parents of two Bay Area children with autism filed a class-action lawsuit today, against Kaiser Permanente.

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They're accusing the HMO of trying to cut costs, by refusing to treat autistic children.

According to the suit, Kaiser provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy treatment for other disorders, but not for autism.

Kaiser issued a statement on Wednesday saying not every service an autistic child needs is a health care service.

It says many are educational or social services that are not part of a health care benefits plan.

You can see Part One of our autism story:
Woman fights Kaiser on autism policy

You can see Part Two of our autism story:
No one wants to pay for autism treatments

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