Gov. Nixon Urges Legislature to Help Increase Licensed Providers
JEFFERSON CITY (January 17, 2012) -- Gov. Jay Nixon, in his 2012 State-of-the-State Address, called on the Missouri Legislature to take the next step in improving access to care for children with autism by working to increase the number of licensed care providers.
Nixon noted how Missouri in 2010 passed landmark autism insurance reform legislation to ensure that children with autism get the therapy they need.
“For too long, insurance companies weren't required to cover the most effective autism therapies," Nixon said. "But that changed last year. And now, 1.6 million Missourians have plans that cover autism treatments.
“This year, I call on the General Assembly to pass legislation to increase access to care by expanding the number of licensed professionals working with children with autism in Missouri.”
Read Gov. Nixon's address here.