New Massachusetts Autism Legislation

The Massachusetts House and Senate recently passed a bill to extend coverage of autism treatment services under public health insurance plans like MassHealth.  These medically necessary treatments, including Advanced Behavioral Therapy, may now be available to families that would not otherwise be able to afford the services.

This legislation appears to extend services covered under ARICA (An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism) to public insurers.  ARICA, signed in 2010, addressed medically necessary treatment for individuals with autism for private insurers.  The legislation awaits final approval by the legislature and Governor.  See the full article at