A judge ordered a Michigan insurer to prove its claim that applied behavioral analysis (ABA) is experimental.

The order comes as the court considers a lawsuit filed by the father a boy with autism. The father, Christopher Johns, says that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan denied claims for his son’s ABA treatment because the method is experimental. Johns is seeking class action status for families with similar claims.

Now, the judge is asking Blue Cross to produce documents related to any studies the insurer has done on ABA, reports the Detroit News. To read more click here.

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