New Mexico Expansion Bill On the Move in Senate

SANTA FE (March 11, 2013) -- Legislation that would extend coverage under New Mexico's 2009 autism insurance reform law to state employees has been approved unanimously by the Senate Public Affairs Committee. The bill, (HB.22), must next clear the Corporations and Transportation Committee before being called for a final floor vote in the Senate.

Sponsored by Bernalillo legislators, Rep. James Smith (R) and Senator Bill O'Neill (D), the measure cleared the House 62-0 and moves to the Senate. The 2009 law requires coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism through age 19, including up to $36,00 a year for applied behavior analysis.

HB.22 was approved unanimously in the House in January. In addition to the New Mexico bill, legislation that would expand existing autism insurance reform laws are active in Kansas, Maine, California and Texas.