SB 946 goes into effect July 1, 2012

California’s new bill that requires insurers to cover behavioral treatment for people with autism spectrum disorders takes effect July 1. But it needs to be implemented correctly. If you have been told by anyone from your Regional Center that you may lose any service not covered by insurance, or that your services will change in any negative way as a result of the bill, please email Greg deGier, the Public Policy Director of The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy in California. Your anecdotes be used to help The Arc get ahead of any potential problems that crop up. He may pass along the information to the bill’s sponsor (Sen. Darrell Steinberg) or others, but if so, Greg will take out all names, email addresses, and any other identifying information to protect your privacy.

The Lanterman Act makes the Regional Centers “the payer of last resort.” If a service is in your individual program plan (IPP) or individualized family service plan (IFSP) and no insurer or anyone else is providing for it, the Regional Center will. The Steinberg bill makes it clear that nothing in the bill changes that.

The Lanterman Act makes the Regional Centers “the payer of last resort.” If a service is in your individual program plan (IPP) or individualized family service plan (IFSP) and no insurer or anyone else is providing for it, the Regional Center will. The Steinberg bill makes it clear that nothing in the bill changes that.

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