AEP Announces Autism Coverage

Autism written on the wipe board

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AEP Announces Autism Coverage

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August, 2016

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Autism
Insurance
National

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The Autism Alliance is pleased to be able to announce that another prominent U.S. employer has introduced autism coverage to it’s employees. American Electric Power (AEP) is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. servicing over 5.4 Million customers across 11 states. AEP will now be voluntarily offering coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism. We are grateful to AEP for taking a hard look at the numbers, for when the true cost implications of autism coverage are weighed, a company can appreciate the benefits of providing this essential coverage to employees and their families. We can’t help but thank DTE Energy for being a leader in the power industry and first employer in the state of Michigan for adopting autism benefits, even prior to autism legislation efforts.

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If you have any questions about adopting autism coverage or insurance in general, please contact our Navigator line at Navigator@aaomi.org or 248.436.AAOM.

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Evaluation Disputes

While there are a number of areas where an evaluation dispute can arise, the more common ones are: (1) Refusal/Failure to conduct an initial evaluation. (2) Agree to evaluate BUT an excessive delay in completing the evaluation and therefore the eligibility determination. The other area arises when the MET evaluation team agrees that the student is eligible for IDEA based special education services BUT determines that the student does not meet the criteria for eligibility under the Autism Spectrum Disorder criteria at R 340.1715. That issue is addressed in a separate document.

Failure to Conduct an Eligibility Evaluation

If a parent provides a physician’s diagnosis of autism in a written communication to the local special education administrator, the failure to convene the team of evaluators (Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team – MET) to conduct a comprehensive evaluation is very rare. If that happens, the failure to evaluate can be resolved with the filing of a Part 8 written complaint, with the Michigan Department of Education – Office for Special Education Services (1-888-320-8384) and your local school district. The complaint should include the relevant facts and a copy of whatever documentation is available that identifies the child as a person with autism, The Department will assign an investigator to the complaint. The Department will conduct an investigation and issue a written decision within 60 calendar days of the filing of the complaint. R 340.1853(5)

Delay in Evaluation/Eligibility Process

A more common occurrence is that the start of the evaluation is delayed. However, if the parent reminds the school of the requirement of MARSE at R 340.1721b requires that within 10 school days of receipt of a written request for any evaluation, the public agency shall provide the parent with written notice consistent with 34 CFR § 300.503 and shall request written parental consent to evaluate. That consent is usually obtained at a meeting of the evaluators and the parents called a Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) meeting. However, parental consent can be granted without a meeting, as long as the parent understands what evaluations will be conducted and what purpose they serve.

Once consent is obtained, the school evaluators have 30 school days from the time from receipt of parental consent for an evaluation to providing the parent the notice of an offer of a free appropriate public education as contained in the IEP document or the determination of ineligibility.

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