Coash Bill Gets Warm Reception Before Senate Panel

LINCOLN (February 27, 2013) -- The Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee took testimony yesterday on LB.505, the new autism insurance reform bill, and heard nearly a dozen advocates call for Nebraska join the 32 other states that have enacted such laws. No opposition to the bill, sponsored by Sen. Colby Coash (D-Lincoln), was voiced during the hearing.

LB.505 would require up to $70,000 a year in coverage for behavioral health treatment, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, for the first three years of treatment. The limit would be $20,000 annually thereafter until the age of 21. 

The committee's next step will be to vote whether to release the bill.

Read the Journal Star coverage here 
Watch 10/11's coverage, Autism Bill Hearing Takes Emotional Turn, here: