Kansas Parents Gear Up For Another Run at Insurance Reform

KANSAS CITY (Aug. 12, 2013) -- The Kansas City Star offers a portrait of life in Kansas, one of just 17 remaining states yet to require insurance coverage for autism, though the experience of a family left without coverage for their daughter.

The Star reports that Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick has vowed to get autism insurance reform through the Legislature whether or not the insurance industry is willing to compromise. In 2012, an autism insurance reform bill fell just a few votes short of passage in the Senate; this year, the bill never got a hearing.

“The gamesmanship has really been disheartening, to say the least, for parents who are essentially going bankrupt trying to pay for this out of pocket,” said Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks' associate director for state government affairs and a Kansas resident with a daughter on the autism spectrum.

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