Insurance rate cuts for autism therapists

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – According to a report by the Associated Press, rate cuts by Indiana’s largest health insurer are forcing some autism therapy centers to reduce staff and services.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield started making their cuts in January 2013. The insurer said they will no longer pay for coverage that is available to children in the public school system. That means often reducing reimbursement payments to centers in half.

Some centers in Indiana are having to find ways to keep their doors open from the cuts. The Cornerstone Autism Center staff in West Lafayette are feeling the effects.

Cornerstone chief clinical officer Ken Weadick said they are finding ways to adapt to the rate changes.

“We were positioned in a way to kind of navigate that change. We had a lot of other insurance providers that we were working with, Medicaid being one,” Weadick said. “Some of those carriers reimbursed at a lower rate, so we kind of positioned ourselves to be efficient enough to work at that rate.”

Weadick said most parents rely on insurance to cover autism therapy. He said his staff is doing whatever it takes to make sure children get the help they need.

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