Cigna Slapped with Class Action Autism Suit

Class action status granted in case filed by families denied ABA therapy to treat autism patients.

August 15, 2011

Pat Speer

A federal judge in Philadelphia entered an order today granting class action status to a case filed by families against Cigna Insurance for allegedly denying claims for Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA), a technique that involves using modern behavioral learning theory to modify overt behaviors to treat autism. The ruling means the case will now be brought on behalf of all persons who filed a claim with CIGNA for ABA therapy for a child having autism spectrum disorder, but no longer have CIGNA insurance, where such claim was denied on the ground that such therapy was allegedly "experimental."

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