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April 18, 2012

BATON ROUGE (April 18, 2012)  -- Legislation expanding eligibility for autism insurance benefits up to age 21 and eliminating a lifetime financial cap was voted unanimously out of the House Insurance Committee. The bill, HB.771, moves next to a floor vote in the House.

May 01, 2012

BATON ROUGE (May 1, 2012) -- ActionNews 17 reported on Annastacia Barlow, an elementary school student from Hammond, who helped troll the Statehouse for votes for HB. 771. Her mother, Jolene Barlow, is the local director of Autism Answers.

Annastacia is pictured with Rep. Chris Broadwater (R-Hammond) after the House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill.

To read the story, go here.

May 01, 2012

BATON ROUGE (May 1, 2012) -- The Louisiana House unanimously approved HB.771, a bill that would raise the age cap for autism insurance benefits under state law to 21. The measure moves next to the Senate.

Shelley Hendrix, Autism Speaks director of grassroots advocacy, reports on the vote with Rep. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge), the bill sponsor.

(Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling)

May 15, 2012

BATON ROUGE (May 15, 2012) -- The Senate unanimously approved HB.771, the autism insurance reform bill, which now heads to Governor Bobby Jindal for his signature. Sponosred by Rep. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge), the bill expands the 2008 law signed by Jindal by raising the age cap from 16 to 21 and eliminating a $144,000 cap on lifetime benefits. 


February 06, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 6, 2012) -- The Kansas City Star in an editorial, 'One step forward,' said the Kansas legislature could learn from Missouri's experience in considering an expansion of autism insurance benefits.

Nationwide, increasing numbers of private insurance companies and other employee benefit plans are covering autism therapies. Yet many insurance companies continue to refuse coverage for applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is considered the standard of care for autism treatment, on the basis that it is "experimental" or "educational." Autism Speaks is working to change state insurance laws to require private health insurance policies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

June 28, 2012

BATON ROUGE (JUNE 28, 2012) -- Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation today expanding Louisiana's 2008 autism insurance reform law by raising the age cap to 21 and eliminating the $144,000 cap on lifetime benefits. Families paying thousands of dollars a year in insurance premiums will be able starting in 2013 to continue coverage for the screening, diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for individuals aged 16 through 20.

June 11, 2012

TOPEKA (June 11, 2012) -- A committee of the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) voted today to continue autism insurance benefits under the State Employee Health Plan through 2013. The KDHE decision averted the possibility of Kansas becoming the only state to eliminate autism insurance coverage and sets the stage for wider coverage for more families next year.