Mass. Moves on Autism Benefits for Medicaid

BOSTON (June 24, 2013) -- Massachusetts would expand benefits under its 2010 autism insurance reform law to the state's Medicaid program, under a bill before the Legislature.

Sponsored by Rep. Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough), the bill, H.1026, would require MassHealth to cover medically necessary treatments for autism, including applied behavior analysis (ABA). MassHealth is the state agency that manages Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Massachusetts.

The bill is before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. The bill has 22 co-sponsors.