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Aetna Will Pay Missouri $4.5M For Insurance Violations

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 A health insurer has agreed to pay Missouri $4.5 million for covering certain elective abortions and failing to cover some autism treatments.

During an announcement Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon publicized the settlement with Aetna and said it includes the largest fine ever for insurance law violations.

At issue is a 1983 law requiring that women buy additional riders in order for elective abortions to be covered. Aetna reported that it paid for nine abortions for women without riders after it had agreed in 2012 to not violate the law following similar violations.

The company also says it sometimes failed to cover treatments for autism as required by a 2010 law.

Aetna spokesman Rohan Hutchings said autism treatments now are covered in all policies. He also said claims for abortions now undergo additional vetting.

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