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Dayton Voices Support For Insurance Reform Bills

ST PAUL (April 2, 2013) -- Governor Mark Dayton today voiced strong support for autism insurance reform bills nearing a final vote in both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate.

Meeting with autism advocates at a World Autism Awareness Day event at the state capitol, Dayton said it was critical for public and private health insurance to align benefits so that children get the services they need, regardless of the type of insurance they have. 

In the legislature, the bills HF.181 and SF.314 await final committee votes in the Legislature. The bills would require state-regulated health plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism. The Governor’s budget also includes a proposal for a comprehensive autism benefit under Medical Assistance.

Dayton also released a letter he has sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requesting that the federal government require coverage for autism services, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), as it implements the Affordable Care Act.

The covered services would include comprehensive, multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessment, ongoing progress evaluation, early intensive intervention, such as ABA, neuro-developmental and behavioral health treatments, and speech, language, occupational and physical therapy.