Big news for the autism community this week: as of next year, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy will be covered by all government health insurance plans. This sets a positive precedent and increases the likelihood of additional ABA coverage within the private insurance sector as well.
“The U.S. government has made what is being called a significant step for the autism community. This week the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) stated that beginning in 2017, all health plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children who are on the autism spectrum. The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program extends to federal employees, retirees and their dependents and covers an estimated eight million people.”