Senate to Take up Military Bill Again; Includes Amendment to Provide Behavioral Health Therapy for Persons With Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Today the Senate will resume consideration of  S. 1197, the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act.  On November 19, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced amendment 2265 to provide access to behavioral health treatment, including applied behavioral analysis (ABA), to children and adults with developmental disabilities in TRICARE, the military’s health care system.  A similar provision was passed by the House in June.  Behavioral health therapy has been shown to be highly effective for children with significant developmental disabilities.  TRICARE currently provides limited coverage of ABA under three different programs.