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July 4, 2013
Dear Military Families,
On June 25th, TRICARE issued new policy guidance addressing how Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) will be provided to the military children of our active duty and retiree families. Advocates across the military family arena are shocked and dismayed at the language this new policy contains as much of it is arbitrary and capricious. Our expectation is that many military families and their children will have their therapy either curtailed significantly or lose this much needed therapy entirely.
The following is our assessment of this new policy and our initial areas of concern. Simply put, because of TRICARE’s failure to work with military families and the organizations that represent them, our assessment at this time is preliminary….there are simply too many unanswered questions. We think it is critical to ensure you know about this new policy now and have an opportunity to understand how this policy change might impact your family. We have tried to keep these points as easy to understand and communicate to others as possible. We expect a more thorough analysis from Autism Speaks and other groups in the near future and will continue to keep you informed as we know more.
We do not know whether this policy will affect all children immediately from July 25th or whether in place authorizations will be honored. We just want to keep you informed and educated about TRICARE decisions and are available for any of your questions and comments.
American Military Families Autism Support & Military Special Needs Network
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