Autism Insurance Reform Bill Introduced in Minnesota State Legislature; Hearing to Be Held on Wednesday Feb. 4!
St. Paul, MN (February 2, 2009) - State Representative Kim Norton and State Senator Linda Scheid have introduced bills in the Minnesota House and Senate to ensure that treatment for children with autism is covered by private health insurers. HF 359 and SF 312, the autism insurance reform bills, will require that insurance companies provide coverage for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, medication, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. ABA is a behavioral therapy which is accepted by most medical authorities as the most effective treatment for Autism.
Please Attend: A hearing has been scheduled for HF 359 in the Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Committee on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm in room 200 of the State Office Building in St. Paul.
Similar versions of this bill have passed in States throughout the country including Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and Texas. This is a hot topic in states nationwide and Minnesota should be proud to be a part of such an important movement!