For most locations across the globe, April 2nd, 2018 was a celebration of World Autism Awareness Day proclamations and “Light It Up Blue” recognitions. However, Idaho constituents had another reason to celebrate as Idaho became the 47th state to require autism insurance coverage!
In Cameron’s bulletin to insurers, he explains that “due to currently inconsistent coverage of treatments for autism spectrum disorder by Idaho health plans, the Department of Insurance is clairfying that such treatments cannot be excluded from coverage if rehabilitative or habilitative services are covered.” The bulletin states that “treatments for autism spectrum disorder are to be considered part of Idaho’s Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package under mental health services including behavioral health treatment.”Efforts to expand autism insurance coverage began in the early 2000’s and have continued every year since then with additional states passing new autism insurance legislation reform. “Idaho is behind compared to the rest of the states…but now you can go through the normal route to get these services with your insurance that you’re already paying for. This benefits the state, it benefits families and it benefits the professionals looking to come here,” said Sharon Oberleitner, a mother of a 25 year-old son with autism.