Washington, DC – The Pentagon’s decision to delay implementing spending cuts that would drastically reduce autism services for military families is still leaving hundreds of children at risk of losing access to crucial medical and behavioural therapy.
The government had initially announced its plans to drastically decrease funding to Tricare, the healthcare plan under which over one thousand military families of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) receive treatment.
However the Pentagon faced criticism for its decision from stakeholders including Tricare and other providers who balked at the prospect of seeing their hourly pay rate being decreased by almost two thirds.
With health providers threatening to reduce the services they would offer to those covered under the plan, the government opted to postpone implementing its decision until April of 2015. However personnel at other companies such as Navigation Behavioural Consulting, were not told if the delay would apply to them and other firms as well.
As a result, critics of the plan argued that 250 children could still potentially lose coverage due to other firms being exempt from the implementation delay. The Pentagon, in turn, has released a statement through the Defense Department reiterating that there will be no changes made until April 2015, as previously stated.
More on the postponement as reported by Autism Daily Newscast can be read here.