The CDC estimates that one in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and diagnoses continue to rise.1 Whether that’s due to increasing prevalence or more accurate diagnosing, large employers must have a strategy for supporting plan members with ASD and the employee caregivers who assist them.
Treatment for ASD is complex, with dozens of treatments available for the many behaviors and symptoms associated with individuals along the autism spectrum. New evidence points toward treatments that are effective which employers should strongly consider for coverage.2 With any coverage decision, employers have several questions to consider:
Every large employer has its unique set of priorities and company culture, so the answers to these questions will need to drive decision-making.
Employees caring for dependents with ASD experience higher rates of stress, depression, and health care costs than their peers. Employers can support employee caregivers through several strategies, including:
Employers who want to learn more about supporting employee caregivers and their dependents can join us at the Workforce Strategy 2017 meeting in Austin, TX on September 26-28.