Vermont Autism Task Force

Governor Shumlin signed the Autism Treatment Bill, S.223, on May 16th, 2012 at the State House.

In Summary, the expanded law:

  • Covers individuals with autism and early childhood developmental disabilities from birth to age 21
  • Applies to private insurers such as Cigna, MVP and Blue Cross/Blue Shield and to state public programs, including Medicaid
  • Does not apply to self-insured plans
  • Does apply to state employee plans
  • Covers evidenced based treatments, such as ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, etc.
  • Medicaid start date for all ages is July 1, 2012
  • Private Insurance start date for original law (18 months to 6 years of age) began in October of 2011, with final roll out date by October 1, 2012.
  • Private Insurance start date for all other ages covered under expansion law begins in October of 2012, with final roll out date by October 2, 2013.
  • Has no annual dollar caps
  • Is considered one of the strongest of similar bills in the country: Vermont is the only state to include expanded Medicaid coverage to include ABA and other treatments and the second state to expand coverage to include autism and early childhood developmental disorders.

This advocacy effort has been a collaborative, grassroots effort that involved parents, professionals, legislators and the administration. 

With a budget of nothing, this has been a true grassroots effort from our team of advocates on the Vermont Autism Task Force: Ron Marcellus, Claudia Pringles, Amy Cohen, Anne Barbano, Sam Abel-Palmer, Lisa N. Erwin-Davidson, Rachel Borgatti and Anne Hopkins-Gross. Thank you so much to our friends at the legislature including our lead sponsors, Senator Anthony Pollina and Representative Jason Lorber. Many thanks to Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine and Deputy Secretary Christine Oliver for their hard work and dedication in getting this bill passed. Thank you to Judith Ursitti from Autism Speaks for her unrelenting support and technical expertise and hugs to all our friends who made phone calls to keep this bill moving forward. This has been a true collaborative effort. 

~Thank you for believing in us~

The Mission of the Vermont Autism Task Force is to coordinate the efforts of interested parties who serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families, and to promote the implementation of best practices throughout the state of Vermont. The Vermont Autism Task Force consists of professionals, parents, and people with ASD from throughout Vermont.  

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