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 Alaska has a specific autism mandate, which requires certain insurers to provide coverage for autism spectrum disorder.
The mandate requires certain insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder for individuals under 21 effective January 1, 2013. Covered treatment includes medically necessary pharmacy care, psychiatric care, psychological care, habilitative or rehabilitative care, and therapeutic care (which includes services provided by a licensed speech-language pathologist.) There is no limit on the number of visits an individual may make to an autism services provider.
For further information on insurance mandates for autism spectrum disorder, please visit this website:
Alaska Stat. §21.42.397 [PDF] (as created by S.B. 74 )
Questions regarding state affairs issues? Call ASHA at 800-498-2071 and ask for the State Affairs Team.