On Friday, May 17, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to pass an important health and human services bill. The $11.3 billion legislation will cover the cost of public health insurance plans, social welfare programs and long-term care for elderly and disabled residents. Part of the bill will also go towards nursing homes and community-based service providers.
So, what does the new piece of legislation mean for the Minnesota autism community? A lot, considering that the bill includes $12.8 million to create a new benefit within Minnesota’s Medicaid program for children to obtain autism therapy focused on early intervention. In addition, the bill would require large employers to offer insurance benefits for autism spectrum disorder therapy.
The passage of this legislation means that early intervention treatment, a crucial step in autism therapy, will become more readily available to children and families that might not otherwise have had access to it. Children with autism under the age of 18 would receive family-centered, individualized treatment, and estimates suggest that approximately 750,000 Minnesotans would be covered. This is a huge step forward in autism early intervention treatment, and makes Minnesota the 33rd state to adopt an autism insurance mandate.
At Partners In Excellence, we fully understand the importance of early intervention autism therapy. Our statistics show the correlation between early intervention and best outcomes on the graph below:
Average of Best Outcome January 2006 – June 2012
Confronting challenging behaviors early on and knowing how to best deal with the difficulties that autism can present are both important parts of our therapy programs. Our therapists are trained in early intervention therapy, and can expertly handle the unique challenges of autism in young children. If you have a young child and you suspect that they may have autism, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting your child tested early on. Contact us as soon as possible for a free play-based assessment! Visit our enrollment page to learn more!