In a case of first impression, a Philadelphia judge has ruled that a private health insurer must provide coverage to an autistic child for services in his parochial school.

Act 62, which requires that health insurers cover the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, came into effect at the beginning of 2010, according to the opinion in Burke v. Independence Blue Cross . The family of Anthony Burke and the Burkes’ insurer, Independence Blue Cross, differed on whether Act 62 requires coverage for treatment and therapy provided to autistic children in their schools.

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