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JPMorgan adds Autism Coverage

As Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) becomes more widely accepted as a treatment for autism, corporations are beginning to add ABA coverage to health programs. JPMorgan recently announced coverage inititation in 2014.
Gregory Ruel, Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine – WEBWIRE

While most U.S. citizens were eating turkey last Thursday, JPMorgan put forth an announcement that it would be stepping up to the plate for employees when it comes to autism treatment. Indeed, effective January 2014, employees covered under the company’s health plans will be eligible for autism benefits, including therapies like Applied Behavior Analysis, a form of treatment which focuses on increasing positive behaviors. This is a high-profile healthcare plan addition from one of the largest financial institutions in the world.

According to the company, “JPMorgan Chase is excited to offer ABA Therapy and provide this important treatment alternative for the children of our employees,” said Stephen Cutler, JPMorgan Chase General Counsel and Advisor to Access Ability. He added that "With almost 160,000 employees enrolled in our U.S. medical plan, we are confident that this important new offering will change the lives of many of our employees.”

Indeed, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, families may spend in upwards of $50,000 per year on autism-related therapies, such as applied behavior analysis. This can cause a very obvious financial burden for responsible caregivers that just want the best for their children. The announcement by JPMorgan could serve as a spring board for other companies to adopt similar amendments to health care policies.

While an announcement over Thanksgiving could understandably go unnoticed, it’s important to understand the good can come from such an addition to company health care plans. Numerous news outlets reported the story, allowing wide coverage and hopefully inspiring other company to make the same health care policy addition. While causes of autism are still a mystery, early intervention treatments remain the most effective way to maximize the potential of a child on the spectrum.

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