What is the ASBC?


The Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) helps individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families develop a strong, united community by creating opportunities for people to connect, share experiences and build new relationships. 


Mission

  • Connection

    Connect with other individuals and families living with autism.

  • Support

    Find the support resources you need to thrive.

  • Education

    Learn more about autism and supporting your loved ones.

CDC Holds Public Health Grand Rounds on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014

 

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Good News: ABA Benefits Through Insurance Not Affected by ACA

Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014

After more than two years of work by advocates, the Autism Society of Boulder County is excited to announce that last week the Division of Insurance (DOI) issued Bulletin No. B-4.71 to clarify issues that have surrounded the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Insurance Mandated Autism Treatment (HIMAT). The advocacy community is grateful for the time and energy that DOI Commissioner Marguerite Salazar and her staff have spent on this issue.

Many families, providers and advocates had expressed concern with the DOI’s conversion of monetary benefits for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to session limits. The new bulletin clarifies that:

"All carriers issuing individual and/or group health benefit plans must provide, at a minimum, $34,000 annually in ABA therapy benefits for children through age eight (8), and $12,000 annually in ABA therapy benefits for children aged nine (9) up to age nineteen (19), regardless of the number of visits required to reach these minimum benefit amounts.
 
The current minimum number of visits, in twenty-five (25) minute increments, established by rule is five hundred fifty (550) visits for a child through age 8, and one hundred eighty five (185) visits for a child aged nine (9) up to age nineteen (19).

If the minimum ABA therapy benefits of $34,000 or $12,000, as applicable, have not been provided when the minimum number of visits has been reached, additional visits must be authorized until, at a minimum, $34,000 or $12,000, as applicable, in ABA therapy benefits have been provided. Nothing in Colorado law or regulation prevents a carrier from providing more than the minimums established by rule. 
 
Nothing in this bulletin or in Colorado Insurance Regulation 4-2-47 prohibits a policyholder from requesting or receiving additional ABA therapy above the $34,000/550 visit minimum from a carrier. This bulletin and Colorado Insurance Regulation 4-2-47 should not be construed as the Division taking a position regarding whether federal law requires carriers to cover medically necessary ABA therapy in excess of the $34,000/550 visit minimum required by Regulation 4-2-47."

What does this mean for families?
 
The intent of this bulletin is to give guidance to carriers to protect your ABA benefits. Your benefits should not be reduced as a result of the ACA implementation. In fact, this bulletin emphasizes that these session limits or monetary limits should be thought of as MINIMUMS. It also draws a parallel between services that were received under the previous monetary caps ($34,000/$12,000). The bulletin does not prohibit families from requesting additional ABA services (over the $34,000/550) as needed from the carriers, although it does not guarantee that they will be covered. The information gleaned from multiple hearings is that additional work is still being done to assess these minimums. 
 
Undoubtedly, there will still be need for support and advocacy around this matter. Please continue to contact kim@arc-ad.org or john@autismcolorado.org with any questions or concerns.

   

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ASBC Offers Educator Discount on Wine Tasting Tickets

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

      We are excited to announce that, for the first time ever, the Autism Society of Boulder County will offer a special two-for-one Educator Discount on tickets to our annual wine tasting and fundraiser. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, from 6:30 to 11:30 pm, at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder.
 
Tickets will be available online starting Saturday, March 1. Here’s how it works: beginning March 1, click on the event image on our home page, which will lead you to the link for purchasing tickets. Instead of clicking on "General Admission," click on “Educator Tickets.” You will then be able to purchase two tickets for the price of one.

More good news: tickets purchased between March 1 and March 31 will be available for $40 each. The price increases on April 1 to $50/ticket, so buy early!

Stay tuned for more details about our wine tasting.
 
We appreciate our teachers and other professionals in special and general education, and we hope to see you at our event in April!
 

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ASBC Co-hosts Free Lecture Series on Advocacy and Public Policy

Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2014    Do you wish you were better informed about legislative and other issues facing the autism community? Do you want to learn more about how the state and federal government work? Do you understand what healthcare reform means for you and your family?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you’re not alone. Many people want to know what’s going on at the Capitol but don’t have the time to head downtown to Denver every time a bill is introduced.
 
 

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Register Now for Imagine!'s ASD Program

Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2014    Imagine! is encouraging more families to register for its ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) Program. Currently, the waitlist is short enough that more applicants are needed in order for Imagine! to enroll 20 individuals this coming July. 

The ASD Program is for residents of Boulder County, between the ages of 3 and 22, who live at home with their parents, have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and are not eligible for or receiving other services through Imagine!

Each summer, Imagine! enrolls 20 qualified children, teens and young adults from the registration waiting list. Funds are then allocated for therapeutic services for three years for each individual enrolled: $5,000 the first year, $3,500 the second year, and $2,000 the third (and final) year. Funds can be used for several categories of therapeutic services.

For a complete description of the ASD Program, examples of the services for which these funds can be used, and an online registration form, go to Imagine!’s web site or click here

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ACTION ALERT: Info Needed from Parents on ABA Utilization

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thanks to the many members of our community who responded to the ASBC action alert in December and emailed the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) to express concern over how implementation of the Affordable Care Act will affect the ABA/behavioral services your son or daughter (or client) currently receives. 

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Revised Autism Screening Tool Offers More Precise Assessment

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014          According to researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health, an updated screening tool that physicians administer to parents to help determine if a very young child has autism has been shown to be much more accurate than earlier versions at identifying kids who could benefit from further evaluation.
 
The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers — Revised, with Follow-Up (M-CHAT–R/F) — is a free, two-step screening tool used to detect children likely to have autism. It is intended for use at regular well-child checkups for children 16 to 30 months old. With the M-CHAT-R/F, health care providers can classify a child’s risk of having autism as low, medium or high, on the basis of parents’ answers to 20 questions.
 
The study, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), shows that this revised checklist can more accurately identify children likely to have autism so they can get the treatment and support they need. “Given that the typical autism diagnosis occurs at age 4, it also offers the possibility of detecting autism much earlier — during regular doctor’s visits when a child is 18 months or 2 years old,” said Alice Kau, Ph.D., of NICHD. “And earlier intervention has been shown to improve outcomes for children with autism.” 

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Donate to ASBC on Colorado Gives Day December 10

Posted on Wednesday, December 04, 2013

       If you are thinking of including the Autism Society of Boulder County in your end-of-year giving, then please consider making your donation next Tuesday, December 10. That’s the date of this year's Colorado Gives Day, an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. 

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Bring Your Insurance Questions to Free ASBC/ASC Presentation

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013
 

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ASBC Co-Hosts Workshop on IEP Process

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013

 

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