California became the 28th state to enact autism insurance reform on Sunday when Governor Brown signed SB 946 into law. The law will go into effect July 1, 2012 and will require coverage of proven behavioral therapies.
The AOTA September/October Scope of Practice Issues Update stated that occupational therapists will be included as a qualified autism providers under this law. It will be interesting to see how this law changes the provision of services for children with autism in the state of California and how it will impact occupational therapists. I know I will be following the implementation of this law closely.
Check out Autism Votes for more information about SB 946 as well as this article in the LA Times: Autism treatment law again shows insurers' need for therapy