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Delaware Insurance Requirements for Autism Spectrum Disorder

The information below is collected from state statutes and regulations. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

Note: Certain insurance plans are exempt from state mandates. Please contact your plan administrator to see if your plan includes state mandated autism spectrum disorder benefits.

Specific Insurance Mandate

The state of Delaware has a specific autism mandate, which requires certain insurers to provide coverage for autism spectrum disorder. 

The mandate requires all health benefit plans to provide coverage for the screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and the treatment of autism spectrum disorders in individuals less than 21 years of age. Treatment includes: behavioral health treatment; pharmacy care; psychiatric care; psychological care; therapeutic care (including services provided by a speech, occupational, or physical therapists or an aide or assistant under their supervision); items and equipment necessary to provide, receive, or advance in the above listed services, including those necessary for applied behavioral analysis; and any care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders that is determined by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, based upon their review of best practices and/or evidence-based research, to be medically necessary.

Coverage under this section shall not be denied on the basis that the treatment is habilitative or nonrestorative in nature.

Resources

For further information on insurance mandates for autism spectrum disorder, please visit this website: 

Del. Code Ann. tit. 18, § 3361 (as added by S.B. 22 [2012])

Questions regarding state affairs issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Affairs Team.

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