The Caring for Military Kids with Autism (CARE) Act allows children who are the dependents of members of the military to access behavioral health treatment, including ABA therapy, through TRICARE (a health care system managed by the department of defense), when prescribed by a qualified physician. The legislation is currently in a committee of the House of Representatives.
The Autism Society advocates that military families – and all individuals – have access to the services they need as prescribed by a qualified professional.
The Autism Society applauds Congressmen John Larson (CT-1) and Walter Jones (NC-3) for introducing bipartisan legislation that would provide assistance to our military families so that they can receive necessary interventions for dependents who have autism.
Military Families Deserve Better. Support HR.2288 to Help Military Kids with Autism
Did you know that members of the U.S. armed forces lose their autism benefits for their kids when they retire? Even if they are wounded in action? Military families spoke out to Congress on January 31 about this injustice and the many added difficulties they encounter caring for their kids with autism as a result of being in the military. The first step in righting this wrong has been taken by Congressmen John Larson (D-CT) and Walter Jones (R-NC) who introduced HR.2288, the Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act, last summer. But only 36 of their House colleagues have signed on as cosponsors. You can right that wrong by urging your Member of Congress to cosponsor HR.2288 and help support its quick passage in Congress. If they already are cosponsors, thank them for their support of our military families. HR.2288 would simply ensure that all military families, regardless of their duty status, would continue to receive autism benefits for their dependents through the TRICARE insurance system for members of the armed forces.