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Steinberg Calls March 4 Hearing To Assess Insurance Law

SACRAMENTO (February 21, 2014) -- California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has scheduled a March 4 hearing to examine the impacts of the state's 2011 autism insurance reform law, including a review of how the Regional Centers have been affected.

The hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders will take place at the State Capitol in Room 4203 starting at 1:30 pm. The agenda is HERE.

Steinberg, who sponsored the 2011 law (SB.946), said the informational hearing will focus on four areas:

  1. Access to care: Are consumers and families obtaining appropriate services and interventions in a timely and effective manner?
  2. Assessment and treatment: Are consumers and families obtaining services and interventions from appropriate and qualified networks of providers?
  3. Fiscal implications: What are the financial issues (savings and expenses) that have ensued from the autism mandate and how are they affecting consumers/families, regional centers, providers, health plans and other stakeholders?
  4. Benefits & Challenges: Are there other issues, perspectives, and topics that merit consideration in the implementation of the autism mandate?

A significant portion of the hearing is expected to fous on the law's impact on the Regional Centers. Kristin Jacobson, representing the Alliance of California Autism Organizations, will present the findings of a statewide survey of consumers conducted by the Autism Society.