Autism Ruling Change Requested

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This week Consumer Watchdog filed a brief urging the California Court of Appeal to reconsider part of a recent ruling ending autism discrimination that could be read to put behavior analysts at risk of being prosecuted for the “unlicensed practice of psychology” for care provided prior to the passage of a recent state autism law.

Consumer Watchdog scored a major victory in the recent decision, which bars state regulators and HMOs from discriminating against children in the future on the basis of whether treatment providers hold state licenses.

Read letters in of support of reconsideration from the California Association for Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and Autism Speaks.

Jerry Flanagan
Jerry Flanagan
Jerry Flanagan is Consumer Watchdog's Litigation Director. Flanagan leads Consumer Watchdog’s litigation efforts in the areas of health insurance coverage and access to treatments. He has over 20 years experience working in public interest and health care policy, legislation and litigation.

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