Autism Treatment Insurance Mandate Signed into Law

Friday, September 23, 2016

AB 796 Gives Families Continued Access to Autism Treatment Services

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 796 authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks). AB 796 eliminates the sunset date on the insurance mandate for health plans and health insurers to cover evidence-based autism treatment services.

“This is a great victory for children and families that require autism services. I am proud of the work we have accomplished to ensure continued access,” said Assemblymember Nazarian.

The mandate was first enacted into state law by SB 946 (Steinberg, Chapter 650, Statutes of 2011), which requires health plan and health insurance policies cover behavioral health therapy for pervasive developmental disorder or autism (PDD/A).

PDD/A has become more prevalent in today’s children. Recent estimates by the Center for Disease Control state that 1 in 68 children have PDD/A. Early intervention through the appropriate form of behavioral health treatment has been shown to be effective in reducing the effects of pervasive developmental disorder or autism in children.

“The signature on this bill gives families piece of mind knowing that they will continue to have access to the services they need and deserve,” said Assemblymember Nazarian.

Adrin Nazarian represents the 46th Assembly District, serving the San Fernando Valley communities of Hollywood Hills, Lake Balboa, North Hills, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Universal City, Van Nuys, and Valley Village.