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PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Supreme Court - Autism Neurodevelopment Therapies Don't Conflict with Mental Health Therapies

O.S.T. v. Regence Blueshield

Washington State mandated that both neurodevelopment therapies and mental health therapies be covered in health policies in Washington. Those familiar know that Neurodevelopment may include mental health therapies and vice versa. Its a little Venn diagram with an overlap in the middle.

Regence attempted to say that the two statutes were in conflict, and thus their exclusion of neurodevelopment therapies was valid. As a threshold matter here, how would they be the ones that get to pick which statute was invalid? Well, here, Regence argued that the later statute (the one for Mental Health) trumped. And that is a valid point of contention, but only if the statutes are only in conflict, rather than complimentary.

Regardless, our supreme court didn’t buy what Regence was selling:

     Under the plain language of the statute, we conclude that the NOT mandate creates a minimum level of required coverage for neurodevelopmental therapies. However, when neurodevelopmental therapies are medically necessary to treat mental disorders in the DSM-IV-TR, the mental health parity act requires additional coverage. Insurers must meet the requirements of both acts.

Great day for parents of autistic children (or any others requiring mental health or neurodevelopment therapies.

The only gap in this is the laws as written still do not require neurodevelopment therapies for older children and above, unless they fall within mental health treatment.

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