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Fiscal Analysis Finds No Measurable Cost Impact From SB.126

Bill would extend autism insurance coverage through mid-2019
March 26, 2013

OAKLAND (March 26, 2013) -- The California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP) has concluded that SB.126, a bill that would extend the state's autism insurance reform law another five years, would have no "measurable cost impact."

CHBRP was directed to analyze the bill by the Senate Health Committee which has scheduled an April 10 hearing on SB.126, which is sponsored by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Steinberg sponsored the current autism insurance reform law which expires in July 2014. SB.126 would extend the requirement to July 2019.

In addition to the Steinberg law, CHBRP said the state's mental health parrity law requires coverage for intensive behavioral intervention therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA). The agency estimated that the laws require coverage for 127,000 individuals with autism who are enrolled in state-regulated health plans; of that number, "12,700 are estimated to currently use intensive behavioral intervention therapies."

Read the CHBRP analysis here