by Pamela Young, Published July 16, 2014
YPSILANTI – Insurance issues can be complicated for most people, but it becomes especially difficult for parents with children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Now that may change.
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and Blue Care Network (BCN) have approved Eastern Michigan University’s Autism Collaborative Center (ACC) as a preferred provider. As a preferred provider, the center will offer direct billing for therapeutic services for those clients enrolled in either insurance plan.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as preferred providers for Blue Cross and Blue Care Network,” said Pamela Lemerand, an EMU psychologist and ACC clinical director. “In the five years that we’ve been opened, we’ve assembled a true dream-team of Master’s-level clinicians that specialize in autism spectrum disorder, providing evidence-based multidisciplinary treatment focused on the needs and goals of each individual client. We’re pleased that this insurance coverage is now available to help ease the financial burdens that many of our families face.”
Eastern’s autism program offers a comprehensive list of programs eligible for direct billing:
Applied Behavior Analysis:
Speech and Language Therapy:
Psychology and Social Work Services:
Additional Services (private-pay basis)
Disabilities are highly individualized to each person on the autism spectrum, but range from severe problems, with language and intellect to the inability to socialize, communicate and navigate their environment. There is no cure, but studies show that early intervention significantly improves a child’s development.
The ACC staff emphasizes the importance of organizing resources to reduce the burden for families dealing with autism.
The ACC also serves as a community center where people with autism and their families can come together in support of each other, have fun and meet new people. Programs are offered on interesting topics for family members; training is provided to community groups; and facilities are shared with community agencies that engage the clients.
For more on the Autism Collaborative Center at Eastern Michigan University, visit their homepage at http://www.emich.edu/acc/ or call 734.487.2890.