AUGUSTA (March 15, 2013) -- Autism Speaks has endorsed a new bill, SP.127, which would amend Maine's 2010 autism insurance reform law by raising the age of eligibilty for benefits from 5 to 21. The measure is sponsored by Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Kennebec).
The current Maine law took effect in 2011 and requires state-regulated health plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism through age 5. The coverage includes speech, occupational and physical therapy, as well as behavioral health treatment, such as ABA, up to $36,000 per year.
Maine was the 16th of the current 32 states to enact autism insurance reform and is one of five states seeking to expand coverage this year.