2012-10-18 / Community

LARA launches autism website

LANSING – A new website was recently launched for the new Autism Coverage Reimbursement Program, created by Public Act 101 of 2012. The act was part of the Michigan Autism Insurance Reform legislation.

As a result of the new law, commercial and non-profit health insurance carriers and third party administrators can file claims after Oct. 15 that qualify for reimbursement from the Autism Coverage Fund, which is a part of the Autism Coverage Reimbursement Program. The Autism Coverage Reimbursement Program website is: www.michigan.gov/autismfund and is also featured on www.michigan. gov/lara.

The fund is meant to help offset the cost to health insurance carriers and businesses for providing coverage of autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and treatments. Children with autism will have a greater opportunity, through insurance coverage, to receive much needed services and treatments.

In addition to the approved health insurance carriers and TPAs, self-insured plans that selfadopt an autism benefit may also file claims through their TPAs for employees who reside in Michigan and also receive a diagnosis and treatment for ASD by Michigan providers.

For more information visit www.michigan.gov/autism.

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