Health Care Reform: What Does it Mean for the Autism Community?
Families caring for a child with autism often have health insurance, but most of these plans explicitly exclude coverage of the treatments their child needs. Since 2007, Autism Speaks has been working with grassroots partners on autism insurance reform in states across the country with the goal of enacting legislation that would end marketplace discrimination on the basis of an autism diagnosis. To date, 15 states have passed reform measures that specifically require insurers to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary treatments including behavioral therapies, such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Similar legislation is pending in about two dozen additional states.