A guest blog from Katie Keith, the director of research at Trimpa Group and a former research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms, who advises Autism Speaks on federal health care policy.
Molly Whalen, a District of Columbia mom with two kids on the spectrum, recently testified in favor of legislation that for the first time would require autism coverage in health insurance plans sold in the District. The DC Council votes June 4 on its new Health Benefit Exchange policies which will start operation in 2014. Here is her story:
by Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Counsel and Advisor
As national health care moves closer to its 2014 launch date, Autism Speaks grows increasingly concerned that the federal government will not require universal coverage for autism benefits as directed by Congress, but instead will leave it up to each state. In its latest guidance to the states, issued just prior to Thanksgiving, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule that could exclude access to behavioral health treatment in up to 21 states.