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ABA Pilot Coverage Extends Past July 24


The law creating the TRICARE Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Pilot expires on July 24, 2014, but TRICARE has extended this coverage until Dec. 31, 2014 when beneficiaries will transition to the new TRICARE Autism Care Demo (ACD). This ensures no beneficiaries receiving ABA will have a gap in coverage.

The ACD technically kicks off on July 25, but it won’t go into effect until the end of the year. TRICARE will use the time to flesh out all the details of the program and fully educate affected beneficiaries about the new benefit. The delay also allows beneficiaries in each of the three current ABA programs to transition to this single unified benefit.

Beneficiaries covered under the ABA Pilot, the ABA Demo and TRICARE Basic coverage of ABA don’t need to do anything to continue their coverage. They, as well as any new enrollees, will transition seamlessly to the ACD, and TRICARE will work with their ABA providers to get new referrals and authorization once it is needed.

To learn more about the TRICARE ABA coverage, and to sign up for updates on the ACD, visit

Last Updated 6/7/2016