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Autism Therapy Insurance in Jeopardy

Families Face Autism Therapy Insurance Coverage Cancellations

Autism therapy insurance coverage limits are on the line.

Parents and advocacy groups criticize definitions of autism.

Members of the American Psychiatric Association are charged with refining the definition. The changes have been criticized by many parents and advocacy groups. Opinions from health professionals have spanned a wide spectrum.

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American Psychiatric Association (APA) members will be releasing a refined definition soon reports Don Wade of Scripps Howard News Service on TheRebublic.com

…troubling to parents who already have a child diagnosed is the pending revision of the autism definition as it appears in the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Publication of the new edition in May 2013 revises diagnostic criteria for psychiatric diagnoses…

…”It seems to be controversial,” says Dr. Laura Murphy, chief of psychology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities….

…there are insurance companies that already won’t cover autism as it is currently defined…

“Everybody’s concerned,” Murphy says…

The APA’s panel has recommended an umbrella diagnosis of “autism spectrum disorder” (ASD) that would include classic autism, Asperger’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Another category, social communication disorder, would be created as well.

Read more of Don Wade’s report.

There are some disturbing findings published in a Yale study, the study predicted 44% of autistics already diagnoses do not meet the criteria. The study was recently published in the April edition of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Help Save Kids with Autism by signing the petition asking the APA to reconsider the new definition.

Do you think there are any lobbyists in the insurance industry talking to the American Psychiatric Association (APA)?

Is it right the autism therapy insurance can be cancelled because they change the definition?