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Health Net, Cigna Make Deal with California on Autism Benefits

Two large health insurers, Cigna Corp. (NYSE:CI) and Health Net Inc. (NYSE:HNT), have agreed to cover applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy and similar therapies for California residents with autism whenever a behavioral therapy approach is found to be medically necessary.

Cigna, Bloomfield, Conn., and Health Net, Woodland Hills, Calif., made the deal with California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.