House Panel Hears Testimony, Plans Vote on Reform Bill
HONOLULU (February 7, 2013) -- The House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce heard testimony in support of Hawaii's new autism insurance reform bill (HB.721) and scheduled a vote for Monday, February 11.
Sponsored by Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi (D-Waialae Kahala), 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.
Autism Speaks was among a series of groups that testified in support of the bill.
A companion measure, 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.