Illinois Medicaid Coverage for ABA Therapy
Medicaid has historically not covered ABA therapy in Illinois. As of May 2022, Medicaid will cover ABA therapy in our state. However, as this is new legislation, many ABA providers, including The Place for Children with Autism, are not yet able to be in network with Medicaid.
Given the lengthy waitlists families are likely to encounter with ABA providers in network with Medicaid, we are still committed to our mission in helping families with Medicaid access therapy more quickly.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is the leading methodology proven to bring about positive changes in the behavior of children with autism. It is recognized as the most effective early intervention treatment for children with autism by the US Surgeon General and American Psychological Association. ABA therapy focuses on principles like positive reinforcement that indicate how learning takes place. Techniques used in ABA therapy are best utilized in structured settings like a classroom to enable the learning of positive behavior in an effective and intensive way. You can learn all about the benefits of ABA therapy on our blog.
Funded jointly be the state and federal government, Medicaid is a federal program that provides health coverage to many Americans as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It especially benefits low-income adults and families, helping to cover medical and health-related expenses.
How We Can Help
The Place for Children with Autism is still helping families obtain private insurance through the Affordable Care Act and apply for grants which help cover the costs of the insurance plan. This allows families to quickly access therapy for their child as research supports the earlier a child can begin ABA therapy, the better the clinical outcomes.