Autism Insurance in Schools: A Panel Discussion of the Landmark Case Burke v. IBC

Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!


March 21, 2019


The landmark Pennsylvania Supreme Court case of Burke v. Independence Blue Cross solidified insurance coverage for autism services for students in Pennsylvania schools. This panel brought together the key players to explain its importance for students with autism and their families. Panelists included David Gates, Esq., the attorney who took up the fight; John Burke, the plaintiff and father of a student who had been denied services; Dennis M. O’Brien, Former Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; and Nina Wall, Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services. Lindsay Shea, Policy and Analytics Center, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, and Robert Field, Drexel University Kline School of Law and Dornsife School of Public Health were the moderators at this event.


We hope you were able to take home valuable information from the discussion and had the opportunity to connect with one another. For more information on Act 62 resources, please visit the ASERT webpage on Act 62, the PA Department of Human Services Act 62 Resources and the PA Health Law Project.

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