Task force on autism therapy for children to meet in Pierre

PIERRE - A task force spawned by a bill from the 2015 legislative session that mandates certain insurance plans cover a costly but effective treatment for children with autism is meeting in Pierre.

The Department of Human Services said Wednesday that the Applied Behavior Analysis Provider Workgroup is meeting July 21 for the first time.

The new law requires certain insurance plans to pay for applied behavior analysis therapy. But the law requires coverage of the therapy only by providers who have a master's or doctoral degree.

Some parents have said that severely restricts the number of providers they can use and had pushed for a broader version of the proposal lawmakers eventually passed.

The workgroup will determine how the state should expand coverage moving forward and will make recommendations to lawmakers.

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