The Governor’s passage of the Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism (ARICA) marks a crucial milestone for the thousands of families who have waited too long for treatment services for their children with autism. Forced to make tremendous personal and financial sacrifices in order to pay for effective treatments that insurance did not cover, parents now have a real chance to change the trajectory of their child’s future.
These families – our neighbors, friends, co-workers – now have increased access to treatment that has clearly been shown to offer the greatest likelihood of positive life outcomes – applied behavior analysis (ABA) – and other medically necessary, evidence-based therapies.
We can take pride in knowing that far-reaching, significant strides have been made in supporting those in our communities living with autism. We applaud Governor Patrick, Representative Barbara L’Italien, and Senator Fred Berry for their tireless leadership and perseverance in pushing past the political barriers to see that the treatment of autism remains a key priority.