Senate Bill Introduced for Military Coverage of Behavioral Health Therapy

On May 14, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Caring for Military Children with Developmental Disabilities Act of 2014. This bill requires TRICARE, the Department of Defense and retiree health program for members of the uniformed services and their families, to provide coverage for behavioral health treatments, including applied behavior analysis (ABA).   Under current TRICARE policies, many children are denied coverage for ABA, and those children who do receive care often receive less than the prescribed treatment.  Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia currently require private insurers to cover ABA as a medically necessary service for most children with a developmental disability and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management also categorizes ABA as a “medical therapy” and covers ABA for federal employees’ dependents. Learn more at Senator Murray’s website.

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