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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2871        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 76


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Garrett J. Bradley


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to provide equal access to medical treatments essential for children with autism.






Garrett J. Bradley

3rd Plymouth

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Jason M. Lewis

Fifth Middlesex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Sarah K. Peake

4th Barnstable

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

5th Essex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Donald Humason


Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Bruce J. Ayers

1st Norfolk

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2871        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 76

By Mr. Bradley of Hingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 76) of Garrett J. Bradley and others relative to access to medical treatments for children with autism.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to provide equal access to medical treatments essential for children with autism.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Chapter 118E of General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting after section 62 the following section:-

              Section 63- The Division shall cover the cost of habilitative or rehabilitative medically necessary treatments for children and youth under age 21 diagnosed with on of the Autism Spectrum Disorders by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be medically necessary. Treatments include, but are not limited to, Applied Behavior Analysis, supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), necessary to develop, maintain or restore, to the maximum extent practicable, the functioning of an individual. In addition, the Division shall cover the cost of both dedicated and non-dedicated augmentative and alternative communication devices, including but not limited to medically necessary tablets.

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