Accessing Early Intervention Services Through Health Insurance
When most families receive an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis they start accessing services through the state run Early Intervention System. Did you know that early intervention (EI) services are different than Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and therefore, your child might not be receiving the highest quality care? Some individuals that implement Early Intervention services have experience in ABA, but not all do. ABA is the only scientifically proven treatment for ASD.
Another way to access ABA services for your child under 3-years-old is through your private health insurance. Accessing services through your private insurance can help to ensure a higher quality service provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Receiving ABA early intervention services through insurance means you must have a diagnosis of ASD or related disorder by a professional, most often times this would be a neurologist. Not all plans cover ABA therapy, it depends on your insurance company as well as the state you live in. Often times an individual might have a copay if you use insurance or go through the state. You can call your insurance company to find out or you can reach out to Graham Behavior Services at (908) 208-7614 and we can check your benefits for you. If your plan does not include the ABA benefit please access the Autism Speaks toolkit for insurance coverage here: https://www.autismspeaks.org/health-insurance-coverage-autism for more options.
If you have any questions please contact us at (908) 208-7614 and we can answer your questions and point you in the right direction!