Pentagon plans announcement about Tricare’s changes to autism therapy coverage after outrage

Posted at 12:22 PM, Jul 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-18 22:06:59-04

According to Tricare's website, the insurance group will not change coverage requirements for active duty members who have children with autism.  However, there will be strict requirements for non-active duty members whose children need the services.

Tricare's changes come after military families expressed outrage over tougher requirements to get autism therapy.  Before this year, only active duty members could get the autism therapy for their children covered. However, when lawmakers voted to add non-active duty members to coverage, Tricare mandated extremely strict requirements for everyone.

Tricare is now saying active duty families will see no changes, but non active duty families will have to submit to tougher requirements to get therapy covered for their children.

NewsChannel 3 is expecting an announcement from the Pentagon Friday to further explain Tricare's ABA therapy coverage plans.

Families are still planning a demonstrationSunday afternoon in Virginia Beach.

Read more about the Tricare changes here.

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