Potential Repeal Bill Dies in Maine Senate
AUGUSTA (March 29, 2012) -- A bill that would have barred insurance benefits that exceed the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal heath care reform law, was referred back to Senate committee where no further action is expected. The bill, LD.882, had been narrowly approved by the House and created concerns regarding Maine's 2010 law requiring insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Behavioral health treatment, such as ABA, has been included as one of the "Essential Health Benefits" contained in federal health care reform. Autism Speaks is working to ensure that the spirit of law is carried out on the state level.