Update – Pentagon postpones spending cuts of autism services for military families

Washington, DC – The Pentagon has delayed plans to cut spending that would have resulted in a significant decrease in the amount of autism services that are provided to military families throughout the country.

The government had initially announced its intention to implement policies geared towards reducing spending in several different sectors in order to lower costs. Autism Daily Newscast last reported on this story on Oct. 8, which can be read here. However the cuts would have also extended to Tricare, the company under which hundreds of military families throughout the country have healthcare plans.

In turn, Tricare indicated that it would not be able to continue providing adequate services for the 1100 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder whose parents were covered through them.

The cuts would have resulted in the company reducing its average hourly pay allotment to those employed with them from $125 to less than half of that. The decision ultimately prompted its care providers to warn the government that the cuts would eventually cause the services to essentially “disappear”.

Surveys conducted through Navigation Behavioural Consulting following the announcement had indicated that 95 per cent of those currently employed with Tricare would be forced to cut their services. In addition, a quarter reportedly stated that they would completely discontinue providing all services.

In response, the Pentagon opted to delay the plan until April 2015.