“Because of ABA therapy, we had a lot of hope and now I feel like that’s being taken away,” [autism mother Zebonee] Bongiorno said.
One of the major issues is the required waiver application if treatment exceeds two years.
“Our biggest concern is if there is going to be an interruption in services because we need the continuity,” mother Jennifer Frazier said.
TRICARE says, “Although ABA is not limited to a set number of years, additional ABA beyond two years requires approval by the regional contractor medical director.”
“We don’t know what we are going to do. Really, we don’t know,” Bongiorno said.
Some lawmakers in our nation’s Capitol have called upon TRICARE to review their new rules.
Phone calls to TRICARE officials were not returned.
WTKR in Virginia reports that some parents plan on demonstrating against the new policy:
See the Facebook page of Navigation Behavioral Consulting.