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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Federal Employees and ABA Coverage

Autism Speaks reports:
More insurance carriers participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) will provide autism benefits in 2014, including the first carrier serving northern Virginia. However, many gaps in coverage remain in the FEHB program which is the nation's largest employer-sponsored health benefits program, covering 8.2 million federal employees, retirees and dependents.

The Office of Personnel Management, which manages the FEHB program, urged its participating providers in 2012 for the first time to include autism benefits, including coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), starting with their 2013 policies. This year, OPM directed participating providers to either cover ABA or explain why they were not including the benefit.