On August 3, 2010, Massachusetts signed into law Chapter 207, An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism (ARICA). This law went into effect on January 1, 2011. It requires health insurers in Massachusetts to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Due to some restrictions in the law, some insurance plans may not be required to provide coverage under ARICA. Contacting your insurance company directly is the best way to find out if your insurance plan is required to cover services as outlined in the law.
The following treatments are covered under the ARICA law:
The diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders under the ARICA law is not subject to any coverage limits (annual or lifetime) and there is no age limit for a person receiving these services.
Multicultural Community Services (MCS) has been supporting individuals who have developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families for over 30 years. We are pleased to offer a new support model for individuals who have Autism and their families – ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) services. These services have become available through the advocacy of families and are paid for by private insurance plans (ARICA law).
The core of ABA services provided is skill building and guiding families to develop effective strategies in supporting their loved one. Each family will be supported by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who will do an assessment and develop a treatment/behavior plan and Direct Support professionals who will implement the plan.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science of behavior and identifying maintaining factors for both positive and potentially harmful behavior. ABA therapy uses evidence-based assessment tools, interventions, and data collection to modify potentially harmful behaviors into safe and appropriate behavior. One of the many uses of ABA is to treat individuals diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities. The ultimate goal of ABA is to establish and enhance socially important behaviors.
ABA services provided by MCS can address: