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Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act



Synopsis of Act:
Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act

  • Allow military dependents with autism to have access to medically necessary behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through TRICARE
  • Ensure coverage for these services for dependent, forced retirees, and retirees, instead of reserved for active duty members only
  • Increase the coverage of ABA type therapies from 10 hours per week to 25 to 40 hours per week
  • Increase the current cap for ABA treatments, which is currently set at $3,000 per month

History of Act:
*On June 22, 2011, the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act, or HR 2288, is introduced by Congressmen John Larson and Walter Jones.
*On November 28, 2011, The National Council on Disability releases a 275-page (U.S. Marine Corps Exceptional Family Members) report urging congress, the military, and the Obama administration to take prompt action to improve access to health care, special education, and long term services for U.S. Marine Corps members caring for dependents with disabilities.
*On February 21, 2012, ACR-129, a resolution urging congress to enact the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act, is introduced by New Jersey Assemblyman Dan Benson. If the New Jersey resolution is enacted it will memorialize Congress to take action on the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act.
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On July 26, 2012 a federal judge in Washington ruled that the DoD’s policy of providing ABA coverage to active duty members through the ECHO program, but failing to do so for retirees under TRICARE was unlawful because both programs mandate that ABA therapy is a medical benefit and not simply educational. The DoD’s TRICARE pilot program has not revealed when the program will begin and whether or not dollar caps will be imposed. The program failed to meet its launch date of April 2 set by Congress due to budget issues. *To date, TRICARE coverage of ABA therapy has yet to be implemented.


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SOURCE: Autism Votes - Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act