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.
The state of Mississippi has a specific autism mandate, which requires certain insurers to provide coverage for autism spectrum disorder.
Effective, January 1, 2016, requires a health insurance policy to provide coverage for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Treatment means evidence-based care prescribed or ordered for an individual diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be medically necessary, including, but not limited to: behavioral health treatment; pharmacy care; psychiatric care; psychological care; and therapeutic care. Therapeutic care must be provided by licensed speech-language pathologists.
For further information on insurance mandates for autism spectrum disorder, please visit this website:
Miss. Code Ann. §83-9 [PDF]
Questions regarding state affairs issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Affairs Team.