Autism Insurance Reform Bill Introduced in Missouri

Jefferson City, MO (January 22, 2009) – Last week, an autism insurance reform bill has been introduced in the Missouri legislature. Senate Bill 167, sponsored by State Senator Scott B. Rupp (R-2), will require private healthcare policies to provide coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. SB 167 will cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other medically necessary, evidence-based treatments prescribed by an insured's treating physician or psychologist.  
There are currently eight states that have passed similar bills.