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KS State Workers Gain Permanent Autism Benefits

TOPEKA (June 14, 2013) -- A pilot autism insurance benefit created for state employees under a 2010 law has been made permanent by the Kansas State Employee Health Care Commission.

The decision avoids the possibility of Kansas becoming the only state to eliminate autism insurance coverage and sets the stage for renewed efforts to enact broader autism insurance reform.

The state employee benefit was created under a 2010 law as a "pilot project" to determine whether insurance coverage for essential autism therapies should be extended to more families across the state. According to 2012 claims data, the annual cost to the state was $266,077, or 24 cents per member per month.