Autism Insurance Resources

California Autism Insurance Illinois Autism Facts Oregon Autism Insurance Pennsylvania Autism Insurance Information Department of Insurance and State Laws How to Fight a Health Insurance Denial, by Brie Cadman 49 States OTHER THAN CA: Autism Insurance Information Group List For parents and practitioners to learn about coding and insurance problems. CA ONLY: Autism Insurance Information […]

State Medicaid

This is a very important piece of the puzzle. Medicaid can pick up what your insurance company doesn’t pay, including co-pays. Also, if your HMO has strict limits to the number of visits, Medicaid would kick in and pay after those visits have been exhausted, if you are using a Medicaid provider. Most states have Medicaid (income-dependant) […]

Autism Insurance Legislation

There are a number of efforts happening throughout the country to get autism treatments, or at least ABA therapy, covered in states. Parents and advocates are working together to get coverage. You can help too. Keep reading. States that have insurance legislation in place (some better than others): Arizona: Effective June 30, 2009. Covers therapy costing as […]

What is ERISA?

ERISA is the abbreviation for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.   Let’s say you live in a state with a parity law – like California’s AB88. Wahoo! Right? Not so fast. Here is the glitch – The law only pertains to SOME insurance companies. The insurance plans that are self-funded, are exempt!  Ouch. How do you know if your […]

Insurance Pays For What?

For a more detailed understanding of who is responsible for covering which specific expenses please see our Who Pays For What information. The “Who Pays for What” document covers: Service Name Service Description Who Delivers Service Who Funds Service Links It also explains Coverage Types (SSI, Insurance, Medicaid, etc) as well as definitions of therapies […]

Provider Directory

All families will be looking for quality & knowledgeable resources to help their child with autism achieve their potential. TACA offers three ways to find that information: CONTACT your local TACA Chapter for a referral. TACA has partnered with MY AUTISM TEAM for local providers in the area of speech, behavioral programming, respite and many […]

Autism on Public Assistance: Overview

Programs Overview SSI State Medicaid Medwaiver/Autism Waiver TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Food Stamps – SNAP WIC – Women, Infants and Children State Children’s Insurance Programs Head Start Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Programs Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) ********************************************************** SSI www.ssa.gov Please check the full qualifying criteria. Who qualifies: Children […]

Helping Children with ASD Adjust to the Major Fires

By Sandy Shaw, PhD Applied Interventions & Methodologies Dear Parents: This is a stressful time for all of us, includes our children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with the fires raging across Southern California.  No matter if children with ASD understand or are aware of what is happening around us, they sense that the adults […]

Teens with ASD: College

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Prepping Your Teens for College Yes, college is a real possibility for many with autism. My daughter is a senior in high school this year and we’ve just begun the hunt for schools and scholarships. First word of advice? Start when your […]

Teens with ASD: Siblings

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi The only thing everyone has ever agreed on when your child was diagnosed was that “Early intervention is crucial.” Yes, it certainly is, and the learning curve for autism is hugely steep, confusing and time-sensitive. So when you were so immersed in […]

Teens with ASD: Driving

The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi Most teenagers know driving a car is a rite of passage and are anxious to get their license. Unfortunately, not all kids with autism or Asperger’s are going to be able to operate a car safely. It can be difficult to explain […]