FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — Indiana autism therapists are reducing staff and services following steep cuts by the state's largest health insurer.
The Indianapolis Business Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1oxb1I1 ) Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield began implementing the changes two years ago by directing that children age 7 and older receive a portion of their autism therapy from public schools.
In January 2013, the insurer cut its reimbursements for applied behavior analysis therapy by 40 percent.
The changes are a sharp departure in Indiana. The state in 2001 became the first to require health insurers to cover autism therapy in a meaningful way.
Providers say additional cuts could force them out of business.
The Indiana Department of Education says one in 77 Indiana children has a form of autism or pervasive developmental disorders.
Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal, http://www.ibj.com