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Unicameral Update Reports on 2012 Nebraska Reform Bill

February 09, 2012

LINCOLN  (Feb. 9, 2012) -- Unicameral Update, the Nebraska Legislature news service, reported on the Feb. 7 Banking, Insurance and Commerce Committee hearing on LB.1129.

"Health insurance policies issued in Nebraska would be required to cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in individuals up to 21 years of age under a bill heard Feb. 7 by the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee." Read more here.

FAQs on the 2009 Montana Autism Insurance Reform Law

May 05, 2009

1. What does the Montana law (Senate Bill 234) do?

Broadly speaking, the requires many private insurers to begin covering the costs of diagnostic assessments for autism and of treatments for individuals with autism
1. $50,000 per year for a child 8 years or younger
2. $20,000 per year for a child 9 years through 18

The specific terms and provisions of this law are described in more detail in this FAQ document.

Autism Speaks Presents National Award to Missouri DIFP

October 22, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 22, 2011) -- Autism Speaks presented an award to the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration for its successful implementation of the state's autism insurance reform law. The award was presented by Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks' vice president for state relations, during the 6th Annual Autism Law Summit held here. Read more...

Gov. Nixon Urges Legislature to Help Increase Licensed Providers

In 2012 State-of-the-State Address, Governor says insurance reform was not enough
January 17, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY (January 17, 2012) -- Gov. Jay Nixon, in his 2012 State-of-the-State Address, called on the Missouri Legislature to take the next step in improving access to care for children with autism by working to increase the number of licensed care providers.

Nixon noted how Missouri in 2010 passed landmark autism insurance reform legislation to ensure that children with autism get the therapy they need.

MSU Study Questions Ability of Public Schools to Serve Students with ASDs

September 19, 2011

LANSING  (September 19, 2011) -- The Michigan State University College of Education has published a study that identifies shortcomings in the level of training among Michigan public school professionals for educating students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The study findings further bolster arguments that behavioral treatment therapies should be provided by medical professionals as a covered insurance benefit.