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HB.721 Passes Out of House Committee

February 11, 2013

HONOLULU (February 11, 2013) -- Hawaii's new autism insurance reform bill passed its first test in the House today, winning approval by the House Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee. Sponsored by Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi (D-Waialae Kahala), the bill moves next to the House Finance Committee.

The bill, (HB.721), the bill would include up to $50,000 a year in coverage for behavioral health treatments, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition, the bill would require coverage for autism-related psychiatric, psychological, pharmaceutical and therapeutic care.

Benefits would apply though age 25.

A Senate version of the bill, SB-668, sponsored by Senators Josh Green (D-Kohala/Kona) and Russell Ruderman (D-Puna, Ka'u), cleared its first commitee votes and is now before the Senate Ways and Means Committee.