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House Panel Moves Insurance Reform Bill

HONOLULU (March 19, 2013) -- The House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce approved SB.668 by a 9-0 vote with amendments which would delay implementation until 2015. Already voted out of the Senate, the measure moves next to the House Finance Committee.

Sponsored by Senators Josh Green (D-Kohala/Kona) and Russell Ruderman (D-Puna, Ka'u), 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.