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Advances in Autism Awareness
By Julie Ramirez
From Human Resource Executive Online on Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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The increased prevalence of autism and associated high cost of care has led many employers to add autism coverage to their health plans. According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Business Group on Health's Large Employers' 2016 Health Plan Design Survey, more than three-quarters of the 140 U.S. companies surveyed cover one or more types of ASD treatments. Most commonly covered is speech therapy (78 percent), followed by physical therapy (75 percent), occupational therapy (74 percent), medication management (53 percent), and applied behavioral analysis-based approaches (36 percent). Just 12 percent said their plans don't cover any ASD treatments, while four percent only cover diagnostic services.