Oct 31, 2023, Fox 59, Indianapolis, IN: Parents, lawmakers react to state decision to move forward with new autism therapy rate https://fox59.com/indianapolitics/parents-lawmakers-react-to-state-decision-to-move-forward-with-new-autism-therapy-rate/
Indiana is one step closer to a decrease in funds for autism therapy after the State Budget Committee did not make a motion to strike a review of the FSSA’s proposed reimbursement for ABA from last Friday’s agenda.
Although some objections were raised, the rate as is still stands meaning the FSSA’s $68 per hour rate will go into effect January 1, 2024. This is down from the current average rate of $91 per hour.
”It is very disappointing that they are decreasing the rate,” Shaunna Thompson, a nurse in Mishawaka, said.
Thompson’s 3-year-old daughter started ABA back in March. She said she’s concerned the new, lower reimbursement rate could mean cuts to her daughter’s services.
”Within the past month, my daughter has said ‘mom’ for the first time,” Thompson said. ”The thought of losing that therapy and that center, it just brings tears to my eyes.”…
State Rep. Gregory W. Porter said he made a motion to increase the rate during last week’s State Budget Committee meeting, which was shot down. Although a motion was entertained by the committee chairman to remove the review item from the agenda completely, none of the voting members called for a motion to do so. Porter said he’s familiar with Republican leadership striking down similar motions.
”I had done it before and had been perceived an obstructionist,” Rep. Porter said.
Porter also said despite conversations he had with Republican leadership prior to the committee meeting, leadership had already made up their minds.