South Dakota 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 South Dakota has a specific autism mandate.

The mandate requires all individual and group health insurance policies, contracts and certificates issued by health carriers and self-funded nonfederal governmental plans with the exception of the state employee health plan sponsored by the State of South Dakota to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Treatment means evidence-based care that is prescribed or ordered for a person diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by a licensed physician or psychologist, including: behavioral health treatment; pharmacy care; and therapeutic care. Therapeutic care is not further defined.


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

S.D. Codified Laws § 58-17

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

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