Tuesday, April 20, 2010

State legislation Quicktake: Maine - Governor Baldacci signs LD 1198 into law; provides insurance coverage of early intervention including ABA

Autism Votes reports that Maine Governor John Baldacci signed LD 1198 into law on April 12, 2010. The bill was passed by the legislature on April 7, 2010.

The version passed and signed into law provides insurance coverage of autism spectrum disorders, including applied behavior analysis to a limit of $36,000 per year, up to the age of six. This version was amended from the introduced version of the bill, which would have set an age limit of 21. The law will take effect January 1, 2011.

As written, the new law provides coverage for applied behavior analysis as a "habilitative and rehabilitative service"; however it does not explicitly state the provider of these services, nor does it specify the BACB certification or competencies for delivery of applied behavior analysis service.

For more information
Autism Votes Maine

Past posts
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
State legislation - Maine SP 446/LD 1198 passes with amendment in Committee; changes result in mixed feelings by advocates

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