Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Autism Speaks Analyzes Military's New ABA Policies

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Autism Speaks Analyzes Military's New ABA Policies

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[Autism Speaks Web site: July 26, 2013]

TRICARE, the healthcare program for military families, yesterday launched its pilot program to improve and expand its coverage of applied behavior analysis (ABA) for non-active personnel. Autism Speaks has analyzed the new program based on available information, and how all military personnel--active and non-active duty--may be impacted. Here is our summary:

Last year Congress directed TRICARE to launch an ABA pilot program to improve and expand its coverage for non-active personnel. TRICARE published its ABA Pilot policy last month for non-active duty family members--but along with it came significant and drastic changes to existing ABA coverage for all beneficiaries with autism, including active duty military families.

Last week, TRICARE stepped back, but not away, from this ill-conceived change in the policy for ABA. After a tremendous outcry from military families, service providers, and advocacy organizations, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity, assured military families that services under the TRICARE Basic program and the Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration (ECHO Autism Demonstration) will not change. …

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