It is official. Both families of children without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnoses who are currently receiving ABA therapy and BCBAs are receiving word that Tricare will no longer cover ABA services for those children. Again, this is for children with diagnoses other than those on the Autism Spectrum who have currently been provided with ABA via their ECHO program.
Families and BCBAs are reporting that their denial letters and Tricare policy changes state that September 14, 2012, is the date that ABA services will cease to be covered through Tricare ECHO. The Military Special Needs Network are partnering with BCBAs across the country, experienced advocates, other special needs organizations and parents of special needs children to make our voices heard. We MUST let the Tricare Management Authority (TMA) know that our children benefit from ABA, too. Our children will suffer severe regression if ABA services are cut. Early intervention IS key, and our children’s futures are at stake.
But we need your help.
We need to hear from you. We need your testimonies. We need data, research and primary sources detailing success for our children as a direct result of their ABA.
Please join us.
You can find our closed Facebook group by searching Advocating for ABA Tricare Policy Change. You can also email us at AdvocatingForABA@gmail.com.