Florida was an ideal choice for Max’s family because it has passed autism anti-discrimination legislation. This legislation compels insurance companies to provide coverage for ABA treatment for children with autism. Many states have passed similar legislation, and, thankfully, lawmakers have started to notice the need for protections for people with autism and pass other laws in their interest. Most of these laws focus on requiring insurance companies to cover ABA treatments.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of June 8, 2017, 46 states and the District of Columbia have laws that require insurance coverage of autism services including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.