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Autism Speaks Endorses Bill For Oregon Public Employees

January 27, 2014

PORTLAND (January27, 2014) -- Autism Speaks has endorsed SB.1523 which would correct an oversight in Oregon's 2013 autism insurance reform law by assuring that state employees, teachers and employees of the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) gain coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other treatments for autism.

Sponsored by Sen. Chip Shields, who chairs the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, the bill would amend the 2013 law by requiring the Public Employees Benefit Board, the Oregon Educators Benefit Board and OHSU to abide by requirements that autism treatments gain coverage. Because the health plans are self-funded, they are not governed under the state insurance coverage, thereby requiring special legislation.

The coverage would take effect next year if the bill is enacted.

Read more here in The Lund Report.