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Behavior Analysts in NYS Need Your Help!

Submitted by on 04/28/2012 – 11:20 pmNo Comment

In 2011, Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law requiring insurance companies to cover ABA services for children with autism. The Bill is set to go into effect in November. Similar bills in other states have encountered resistance from insurance companies, who argue that only “Licensed” professionals can bill for services. Although Behavior Analysts must meet a rigorous certification standard set by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, there is currently no state licensure process for the profession in New York.

Last week, a bill to license Board Certified Behavior Analysts was introduced in the New York Legislature by Senator John Flanagan of the Second Senate District on Long Island. The Bill is S7017: “An ACT to amend the education law, in relation to providing for the licensure of behavior analysts.” (Read the Bill) This Bill will ensure that children who need applied behavioral treatment will be covered by insurance companies. I urge you to contact your State Senator and ask them to support and co-sponsor S7017.   


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