COLUMBUS (July 1, 2013) -- Gov. John Kasich has signed the state budget bill, which includes an amendment establishing a state certification process for providers of applied behavior analysis (ABA). With this resolved, ABA will be reimbursable when the state's new autism insurance coverage takes effect in 2014.
The issue arose earlier this year when Governor John Kasich signed an order requiring that ABA for autism be included in all insurance plans issued through Ohio's new health benefit exchange created under the Affordable Care Act. Under the amendment, the Ohio Board of Psychology will be responsible for certifying Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) as "certified Ohio behavior analysts."
The amendment was produced by a working group of stakeholders and provider groups to assure no disruption in existing services while expanding access to quality ABA providers.
In addition to Ohioans who will start getting their insurance through the health benefit exchange in 2014, state employees have accepted Kasich's offer to have the benefit included in their health plans. Autism Speaks is committed to getting the coverage extended to all state-regulated health plans in Ohio.