Friday, August 1, 2014
Iowa's Autism Support Program and ABA Therapy
Iowa’s Autism Support Program went into effect this year. The Iowa Legislature established the program with a funding level of $5 million, to assist in supporting the costs of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) services for children under age nine, who have a diagnosis of autism who are not otherwise eligible for such services through Medicaid or private health insurance.
The program’s regulations are set out in the Iowa Administrative Code at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/441.22.pdf state the requirements for diagnostic and financial eligibility requirements, provider qualifications, and appeal procedures.
Families enrolled in the program with a household income of between 200% and 400% of the federal poverty level, share the cost of the ABA treatment. The amount of family’s portion is determined on the family’s income. Generally speaking, the family will be required to pay no more than 10% of the costs of the services provided. Families who are not able to share the cost may ask to be excused from doing so.