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Saturday, September 4, 2010

TRICARE Legal Action

Crain's Detroit Business reports:
The Troy law firm that reached a six-figure settlement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan over coverage for treatment of autistic children wants a federal judge to compel the U.S. Department of Defense to offer the same coverage for military families.

Mantese, Honigman, Rossman and Williamson PC filed an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction this week in its March lawsuit at U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the department, defense secretary Robert Gates and Tricare Management Activity, the federal managed care benefit program for families of active duty service members.


At issue is an alleged defense policy that classifies Applied Behavioral Analysis or ABA therapy for early childhood autism patients to be a form of special education rather than health care, subject to reimbursement from Tricare, according to court records.

For earlier posts on TRICARE, see here and here.