Autism: More coverage, more help for families
Beginning on January 1, 2016, Purdue will expand autism coverage on all medical plans to follow the Indiana autism mandate.
“Now, for the first time, members of the Purdue community will have access to the full range of proven therapies that can change the lives of their family members with autism spectrum disorders,” said Stephen Beaudoin, professor of chemical engineering and academic director for teaching and learning technology, as well as parent to an autistic child.
One of the key additions brought by the expansion is coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is a science-based therapeutic intervention endorsed by the United States Surgeon General that’s focused on increasing communication, learning and appropriate social behavior. It provides a one-on-one learning environment with the goal of teaching the skills needed to succeed in a more typical setting, such as a public school program.
The University expects to pay about 80 percent of the projected $1.8 million cost of the autism insurance benefit.
“I recognize that Purdue is making great efforts to reduce expenditures, and that this improved benefit will have an associated cost,” Beaudoin said. “This small investment in better care for children will yield dramatic savings when these children grow to lead more full and independent lives."