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For Immediate Release
April 11, 2016

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DHHS Medicaid Program Receives Federal Approval to Cover Behavioral Modification Services for Children

Lincoln—Courtney Phillips, CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, announced today the state’s Medicaid program has received federal approval to cover behavioral modification services to support the needs children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental services, and their families.

“This is good news,” said Phillips.  “Having access to these services will help many of the children we serve through the Medicaid program lead more fulfilling lives.” 

DHHS submitted a Medicaid state plan amendment in December and received federal approval March 30th to cover the services through its Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program. 

“We heard from families and advocates that these services are very important,” said Calder Lynch, DHHS Director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care.  “This is a great addition to the Nebraska Medicaid program.”

Services approved for coverage include day treatment, community treatment aide, and outpatient therapy.  Treatment models approved for coverage include cognitive behavioral therapy, comprehensive behavioral intervention, and applied behavioral analysis for children.

This is exciting,” said Wayne Stuberg, PT, PhD, Interim Director of the Munroe Meyer Institute.  “We look forward through our clinical service programs, training and research to meet the needs of the children and families we serve.”

Lynch said the Medicaid program worked with a variety of stakeholders to develop the coverage plan, including the Nebraska Psychological Association, the Munroe Meyer Institute at UNMC, and the DHHS Division of Behavioral Health.  The state plan was submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in December and approved with an effective date of October 1, 2015, when coverage began.