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Plaintiff Kathleen Steinley’s family was insured with Health Net, Inc. But when she had to find a behavioral health and substance use disorder (BH/SUD) facility to treat her son upon his release from an acute psychiatric facility, she was unable to find one that would or could work with her insurance. The complaint for this class action claims that Health Net, Inc. misrepresented the availability of in-network providers and drove away out-of-network providers by refusing to pay them. 

Neurodevelopment Therapy Exercise

According to the complaint, three-year-old FA has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and needs Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Unfortunately, the complaint alleges that the health plan he’s on covers only speech, occupational, and physical therapy for “non-chronic conditions, and acute illnesses and injuries” but does not cover those same services for developmental disabilities. This, the complaint alleges, is a violation of federal ERISA, the Affordable Care Act, and the Mental Health Parity Act, which requires that limitations on services to treat mental health conditions are “no more restrictive” than those applied to medical and surgical benefits.

Boeing, Inc. is the target of a Washington State class action lawsuit that contends the company excludes treatment for autism in its employee and family benefits plan.