This means that as most state-regulated plans start renewing subscribers this month, they will be required to cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. To all of you who worked for years to make this a reality, this is truly a time to celebrate.

As we celebrate, it’s critical to note when the law was enacted last year, it required that regulations be promulgated regarding those who provide behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis. These regulations were to be implemented by the insurance superintendent in consultation with the commissioners of health and education.

On Thursday, emergency regulations were released so that the law could go into effect November 1 as intended. These emergency regulations will then be followed by a notice of proposed rulemaking, providing us an opportunity to comment once the rule is published in the State Register