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Critics call state’s autism settlement a ’sham’
San Francisco Chronicle

Leading autism and consumer advocacy organizations in California are calling a settlement agreed to last week between the state and Blue Shield of California to expand coverage for autism treatment a “sham” that will not result in more therapy for people with the condition.

In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, the advocates say the settlement – which was announced and described by officials with the Department of Managed Health Care at a legislative hearing last week – “contains such onerous requirements for families with autistic children that it will lead to delays, interruptions and continued denials of treatment.”