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Applied Behavior Analysis

Summary: Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is one of many therapy options available to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The appropriate assessment and treatment of ASD involves a multidisciplinary team of professionals collaborating with one another to ensure that these individuals receive all appropriate services necessary to achieve successful outcomes. Speech-language pathologists are a critical member of the multidisciplinary team. In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an informational bulletin [PDF], indicating among other things the importance of speech-language pathology and audiology providers and services for students with ASD under Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic Treatment (EPSDT). In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education issued similar guidance [PDF], emphasizing the importance of evaluating children suspected of ASD using a qualified team of professionals, and recognizing that ABA is only one method for treating children with ASD.

Talking Points 
Member advocacy outreach and talking points.

Issue Brief [PDF]
ASHA's position and advocacy strategy with decision makers.

Coverage Sample Letter [PDF]
Licensure Sample Letter [PDF]
For drafting your own communications to decision makers.

Sample Bills

Mississippi HB 85 [PDF]
Requires insurance coverage for autism-related treatment; the aim of this bill is to provide regulation for the practice of ABA therapy. 
South Dakota SB 190 [PDF]
Clarifies health coverage for ABA therapy

Sample Regulations

Iowa Autism Support Program [PDF] 
Requires certain health insurance policies, contracts, or plans to provide coverage of applied behavior analysis treatment for certain individuals with autism spectrum disorder. 

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