March 09, 2016

Federal Health Program to Require Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Coverage

From AUCD Disability Policy News In Brief (3/7/16)

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that it will require the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) to cover Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for children with autism. The move effectively means that all federal health insurance plans for federal workers and retirees must include autism therapy for juvenile dependents from 2017 onwards. Following the change, the OPM sent a letter to FEHBP carriers instructing them to submit benefit and rate proposals for applied behavior analysis provision. They have until May 31 to do so. The OPM estimates that the benefit and rate negotiations for federal health plans will be finalized by August.