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Federal OPM Declares ABA a Medical Service

The federal government's Office of Personnel Management has determined that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a medical treatment for autism, not just an educational intervention. In this writer's opinion, this might be the first step in having all insurance companies eventually cover ABA. In Oregon, this is especially important as the state has very few Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and the education system does not implement ABA programs due to their eclectic methodologies.

The bottom of page 5 of http://www.opm.gov/carrier/carrier_letters/2012/2012-12a2.pdf says:

A. New Guidance: Coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
The OPM Benefit Review Panel recently evaluated the status of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children with autism. Previously, ABA was considered to be an educational intervention and not covered under the FEHB Program. The Panel concluded that there is now sufficient evidence to categorize ABA as medical therapy. Accordingly, plans may propose benefit packages which include ABA.