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Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why? Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Scope of the Mandate: Health Plans (Originally published July 7, 2008) In this and other Chapters, in a Q&A format, we provide some basic information that we hope will help you answer questions you may have on various topics related to the Florida autism legislation.  See Introduction and Table of Contents.  In this … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why? Chapter 1

Chapter 1: The Florida Mandate (Originally published July 7, 2008) There are three key components of the Florida autism legislation: Mandate: an insurance mandate that covers children with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome. Compact: a compact among health benefits providers that relates to insurance and access to services for individuals with … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate: Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why? Introduction

(Originally Published July 7, 2008) On May 2, 2008, the Florida House and Senate enacted Senate Bill 2654 entitled “Relating to Children with Disabilities.”  Governor Crist signed the legislation on May 20, 2008.  While the legislation became law on July 1, 2008, it includes delayed effective dates for various components.  We refer to this legislation as … Continue reading

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Behavioral Lifeboat is a start-up nonprofit organization.  We’re just opening the garage door – or should we say pushing away from the dock. Our mission is to make evidenced-based behavioral therapy accessible to all by increasing awareness, helping to make comprehensive insurance benefits affordable and meaningful, helping schools provide more effective behavioral therapy programs, and … Continue reading