Do Not Make Families Pay
For IPP Services
Many families receive behavioral health treatment and other therapies for their children through their health insurance. The Lanterman Act requires regional centers to reimburse families for co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles when those services are in the child’s IPP (or IFSP).
The Legislature is considering amending the Lanterman Act to make it optional for regional centers to reimburse families for co-pays and co-insurance, forbid regional centers from reimbursing deductibles, and forbid any reimbursements to families earning over 400% of the federal poverty limit ($94,000 for a family of 4).
These changes would cause many families to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket for therapies critical to their child’s development, force many families to stop treatment because they can’t afford it, and prompt many families to remove their child from their insurance plan – so their regional center could then pay for the entire cost of the treatment.
(May 29 and 30)
Senator Darrell Steinberg (916) 651-4006
Speaker John Perez (916) 319-2053
Senator Mark Leno (916) 651-4011
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (916) 319 – 2045
Senator Bill Emmerson (916) 651-4023
Assemblymember Jeff Gorell (916) 319-2044
You can leave a message: Do NOT change the Lanterman Act to make families pay for therapies that their children need. I OPPOSE the proposal that would place means testing on co-pays and forbid re-imbursement for deductibles. Doing nothing is better than making families pay for IPP/IFSP services, just because they have insurance.
If you have questions, contact the State Council on Developmental Disabilities at 916-322-8481