Cost Estimates of State Autism Insurance Reform Bills:
Autism Speaks is committed to eliminating marketplace discrimination of coverage for autism treatment to ALL families living with autism. To this end, we are working to reform state insurance laws to require private health insurance policies to provide coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). To better understand the cost implications of autism treatments, Autism Speaks engaged a leading independent actuarial firm, Oliver Wyman Group, to develop a robust cost model and cost estimates for various state autism insurance reform bills endorsed by Autism Speaks.
NOTE: The cost estimates are based on publically available data, including prevelance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Autism Prevelance Report, which was first published in February 2007 and renewed in December 2009. Some of the reports may be based on the old CDC prevalence figure (1 in 150 children) and some may be based on the new prevalence figure (1 in 110 children). Cost estimates do not necessarily reflect the final bill as enacted into law, as changes and amendments may have been made in those states after Oliver Wyman issued its report.