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Autism Therapy Providers Now Covered by Insurers

Autism Therapy Providers in Kentucky Now Covered by Insurers

With higher and higher rates of autism being reported the is a need for more and more autism therapy providers. Eliminating unnecessary and burdensome bureaucratic red tape should benefit everyone. Autism therapy insurance will now cover services provided by supervised ABA providers.

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Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy group that has been an important source of funding research into causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders spoke out and gave praise to the State of Kentucky.  Autism therapy insurance now includes “supervisees” – the front-line personnel.  In Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for autism many times the parents can be the ones who are on the front line to carry out the intervention.

Kentucky insurance companies directed to cover autism therapy providers.

Autism Speaks praised the Kentucky Department of Insurance for issuing an advisory opinion directing health insurers to start covering services provided by supervised ABA providers, finding that autism treatment would be “severely compromised” without their services…

“This opinion eliminates a significant and unnecessary hurdle that has blocked many Kentucky families from obtaining appropriate levels of ABA therapy for their children with autism,” said Lorri Unumb, Esq, vice president for state government affairs. “The Kentucky Department of Insurance correctly interpreted the text of the state’s 2010 autism insurance reform law and the will of the Legislature in directing health insurers to start covering these services.”

“To exclude coverage for supervisees undermines the intent of (state law) which is to mandate coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders,” the order said. “Without the direct services provided by supervisees, the treatment of autism is severely compromised.”

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We hope other states are quick to act on reducing any obstacles to obtaining insurance coverage for autism therapy. Does lowering hurdles for autism therapy providers open up doors for abusers or under-qualified teachers?