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Federal Employees Get ABA Therapy Coverage – Everyone Else Gets?

ABA Therapy Included in Health Coverage for Federal Employees. How is that good for everyone else?

Landmark Decision by Feds Defines ABA Therapy as a ‘Medical’ procedure.

Insurance companies are put to task as ABA therapy is included as a ‘medical’ procedure and not a responsibility of educators. The nations largest employer know for high standards in health insurance coverage just set the bar for insurance companies and how they cover autism and autism therapy.

Autismvotes.org voiced their approval in a post where they gave a report.

Autism Speaks Hails Landmark Federal Decision Calling Key Autism Therapy a ‘Medical’ Service Eligible for Insurance

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The US Office of Personnel Management Supports ABA Therapy as a Medical Procedure

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most widely used behavioral intervention used to treat autism, is a “medical” therapy that qualifies for health insurance coverage, rather than an “educational” service.

The decision by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) involves health insurance coverage provided to the nation’s eight million federal employees, retirees, and dependents, under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program. It could have even more far-reaching implications on the health insurance benefits provided all Americans living with autism, as it will be much harder for insurance companies to continue denying coverage for ABA treatment.
“The OPM decision directly contradicts a long-standing insurance industry claim that ABA therapy is not ‘medical,’ but rather ‘educational’ – provided by the schools at taxpayer expense,” said Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services. “Now, tens of thousands of families will have better access to more affordable, critical ABA treatment.”

For Autismvotes.org’s full coverage. http://www.autismvotes.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=frKNI3PCImE&b=3930723&ct=11775907&notoc=1

This is hailed as a landmark decision because it sets a standard for coverage of autism and autism therapy in the insurance industry.

It tells insurance companies they can not deny that ABA therapy is a medical procedure. It tells states they can feel more free to pass laws to requre this coverage. It tells local governments and schools it is not their responsibility to cover the cost of therapy for autistic children. It tells parents they are entitled to have insurance coverage. Parents are entitled to be able to provide the very best therapy for autism and autism related disorders.

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