Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Public Hearing about #ABA and #Medicaid

Your chance to comment on why you believe it’s important for ABA (applied behavioral
analysis) therapy to be a covered service under Medicaid will be at a public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Indiana FSSA is holding the hearing to discuss changes to coverage requirements for occupational, physical, respiratory and speech therapy services for children and youth under 21 and to add ABA to covered services, among other topics.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Sept 10 at the Indiana Government Center South, 402 W. Washington St., Conference Center Room 14, Indianapolis.

The proposed rule sets the following requirements for ABA therapy:

1. The child is eligible for Indiana Medicaid.

2. The child is at least three years old and no more than 20 years old.

3. The child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder by a qualified provider.

4. The child has had a complete diagnostic evaluation using standardized testing.

5. The child’s qualified provider recommends and refers the child for ABA therapy, including projected length of treatment.

Treatment plans are authorized for three months at a time, and the total treatment can last no more than three years. The rule also states qualifications for providers of ABA therapy. Other details of the plan can be found in the proposed rule, available in full at http://www.in.gov/fssa/4543.htm.

If you can’t attend the hearing, you can still provide written comments by sending a note to
Kim Crawford, 402 W. Washington St., Room W451, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
If you send written comment, put "COMMENT RE: LSA Document #14-337, Nursing Therapies and ABA Rule" on the envelope and the top of your note.

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