ABA Coverage and Litigation Update

Join Dan Unumb, Esq. of the Autism Legal Resource Center for an exploration of ABA coverage under health insurance and Medicaid. Learn about:

  • the difference between coverage under Medicaid waivers and the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) program;
  • coverage restrictions that are impermissible in Medicaid;
  • network adequacy requirements in insurance and Medicaid;
  • the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and its prohibitions on disparate financial requirements and treatment limitations;
  • the federal laws prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in benefit design;
  • obtaining coverage of ABA across settings;

Mr. Unumb will also give an update on cutting-edge litigation related to autism and ABA interventions, including health insurance lawsuits in the fully-funded and self-funded arenas, as well as the Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. on the IDEA standard for a Free and Appropriate Public Education. 

Dan Unumb, Esq.
Legal Resource Center, Autism Speaks

Dan Unumb is President of the Autism Legal Resource Center LLC, a legal and consulting firm serving providers, associations and individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  He is also spearheading the establishment of the National Autism Law Center to defend and extend the rights of those with autism to ABA services.  Mr. Unumb previously served as the founding Executive Director of the Autism Speaks Legal Resource Center, where he worked to secure improved insurance and Medicaid coverage for individuals with autism in over 40 states.   Prior to his tenure at Autism Speaks, Mr. Unumb was Director of Litigation for a ten-office statewide legal aid program (South Carolina Legal Services).  He has filed amicus briefs on autism legal issues in state and federal appeals courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is co-author of the law school casebook “Autism and the Law” and has presented on legal topics pertaining to autism at numerous national conferences and trainings, including the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association and the Autism Speaks Autism Law Summit.  He has served on the supporting board for the Greenwood Genetics Center and is a board member of Ascendigo, in Aspen, Colorado, which provides challenging recreational activities to children and adults with autism as well as community living support.  Mr. Unumb is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, and has litigated cases in federal and state courts across the country in private practice in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Charleston and as an attorney with the United States Department of Justice.