Applied behavior analysis

Military Families
9:34 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Patty Murray Twists Arms Over Military Families' Health Coverage

Josie and Teagan Fort were both prescribed Applied Behavior Analysis, but only one is covered by military insurance.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Some military families can’t get treatment for their children with developmental disabilities, even if it’s prescribed by a doctor. Washington’s senior senator hopes to force a change, even though her efforts have fallen short once before.

The controversy revolves around a therapy called Applied Behavior Analysis, which is widely used to treat children with autism by reinforcing desired behaviors. Tricare, the military insurance provider, does cover it for children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. But the therapy is being prescribed more and more to children with other disabilities, and those populations are not covered.

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