TRICARE Launches New Consolidated ABA Demo Program

Autism Speaks seeks input on changes from military families, providers

September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2014) — The Department of Defense has issued a new Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration program, which consolidates the current three TRICARE programs covering ABA for beneficiaries with autism. Autism Speaks is analyzing the new program and has requested input from TRICARE beneficiaries and ABA providers on the changes.

“We will be reviewing feedback from stakeholders to understand how the new program will impact families and access to care,” said Karen Driscoll, Autism Speaks’ associate director for federal government affairs & military relations. “We urge military families and ABA providers to email us their input and recommendations at”

The new demonstration program sets an October 20 implementation date.

To review the new policies, go HERE.

TRICARE currently has limited ABA coverage through its Basic, ECHO Autism Demonstration, and ABA Pilot programs. The new Demonstration program would consolidate and replace those offerings into one uniform benefit.

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