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Required Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder


On July 10, 2018, Insurance Commissioner Godfread issued Bulletin 2018-1. This Bulletin requires plans that cover autism spectrum disorder to comply with the federal MHPAEA laws, which require that treatment limitations on mental health/substance use disorders be in parity with treatment limitations imposed on substantially all medical/surgical treatments. The bulletin specifically notifies insurers that they cannot exclude applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to treat children with autism spectrum disorder on the basis that ABA therapy is experimental.

Although the insurance carriers will implement this law, employers should be aware of the change. The law is effective Oct. 1, 2018.

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