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Gerard V. Mantese wins landmark case requiring insurer to pay for care of autistic children

Troy -- A settlement in a class-action suit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will provide an estimated $1 million in reimbursements to families with children who were denied certain autism therapies.
 
Christopher Johns, a Warren man whose 7-year-old son is autistic, filed a lawsuit against the insurance company in May 2008 in U.S. District Court in Detroit on behalf of people who have been denied claims on the basis that applied behavioral analysis therapy is experimental. It's based on principles that behavior can change with positive and negative reinforcements.
 
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