- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington’s insurance commissioner has ordered all companies selling health insurance in the state to review their mental health policies in the wake of a Washington Supreme Court decision earlier this month.

The court ruled that health insurers must cover certain developmental therapies, such as those used to treat autism, if they’re medically necessary.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler sent a letter Monday to health insurance companies telling them to review any mental health denials back to 2006.

The justices unanimously rejected arguments from Regence BlueShield, which claimed that the state’s Mental Health Parity Act does not require coverage of neurodevelopmental therapies. Those can include speech, occupational and physical therapies.

The case was brought by the families of two children who need the treatments.


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