Chado Tea Rooms Presents LA International Tea Festival August 13 and 14

Presented by Chado Tea Rooms, International Tea Importers and the Japanese American National Museum, the LA International Tea Festival 2011 promises to be an educational and entertaining event about the multifaced world of tea that will bring together authors, industry experts, buyers, retailers, artists, educators and tea-lovers from across country. It will give you the opportunity to sample some of the world's finest and most varied flavors of teas, attend presentations by leading tea authors and industry experts, and meet premier tea and tea-ware suppliers all at one place.

As part of their ongoing support of programs that provide support to brothers and sisters of siblings with devleopmental disabilities, Chado has created a special blend of tea called Alson's Tea which will be available for sale at the LA Internationl Tea Festival and afterwards through their Web site. Proceeds from the sale of this tea will be used to benefit sibling support programs and activities, including those offered by Lanterman Regional Center through its partnership with Pasadena Child Development Associates.

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn new facts and expand your enjoyment of this fascinating beverage, and support siblings - get your tickets now from www.teafestivalla.com.

View flyer for more information about the Tea Festival and about sibling support

Settlement Agreements Executed Between DMHC and Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross

On July 11 and July 15, 2011, Settlement Agreements were executed between the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross, respectively. At this time, there are Agreements with only these two (2) health plans.

The purpose of these Agreements was to implement an interim solution now so that  ABA services would be covered, under certain conditions, while the legal and policy issues continue to be debated. The initial “Recitals” contained in the Agreements and paragraphs I-L towards the end of the Agreements, essentially set forth the parties’ various legal positions and contain typical legal recitations.

The Agreements are intended to improve and resolve five (5) major areas relating to the coverage for ABA for those enrollees diagnosed with ASD or PDD.

Read a brief summary developed by the Department of Managed Health Care

Read the Anthem Blue Cross Settlement Agreement

Read the Blue Shield Settlement Agreement