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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Legislation to Fix NY's ABA Mess

Autism Speaks announced today that it is working with two of its New York champions, Assemblyman Joseph Morelle and Senator Chuck Fuschillo, on legislation that would end delays families have encountered accessing insurance coverage for ABA treatment.

The bills, S.4862 and A.6963, would create a state licensing process for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). After New York's 2011 autism insurance reform law was enacted, the state Department of Financial Services required licensure in order for BCBA's to be reimbursed. Because New York has no BCBA license, families whose health plans were covered under the new law discovered they were unable to access care.

"Autism Speaks commends Assemblyman Morelle and Senator Fuschillo for again fighting for our community to ensure families get the benefits the 2011 law intended," said Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks' director of state government affairs. "We look forward to quick action by the Legislature to get this issue resolved."