Sunday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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New Health Care Act Won’t Cover Autism Therapy, Education Week On Special Education Blog

Under the federal law, most health insurance plans will be required to cover 10 so-called “essential health benefits” starting next year, one of which is “mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment.”

Autism advocates urged regulators to include a requirement that applied behavioral analysis, or ABA therapy, be covered in rules governing what exactly qualified as a “behavioral health treatment,” but a final rule issued this week makes no mention of the treatment.

Bill Sealing Washington State Juvenile Records Moves Closer to Law, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

The Washington state House of Representatives unanimously passed a proposal Wednesday that would effectively seal most juvenile records from public view.

House Bill 1651 reverses an almost four-decades-old state law that keeps most of Washington’s juvenile records open. Exceptions, however, are included for individuals found guilty of some sex offenses, arson and serious violent offenses, the Tacoma News Tribunes reported.

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