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autism insurance reform

February 13, 2012

DES MOINES, IA (Feb. 13, 2012) -- The Autism Society of Iowa Chapter hosted its 2nd Annual "Day on the Hill" at the State Capitol to help rally support for SF.2128, a newly introduced bill that would enable more families to be covered under the state's autism insurance reform law. The current law, enacted in 2010, covers only state employees.

SF.2128 - Sponsored by Senator Daryl Beall (D-Webster)
February 10, 2012

The bill would:

  • Require state-regulated health insurance group policies to provide coverage of the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders up to age 26
     

Direct that coverage of treatments include evidence-based care and related equipment prescribed by a licensed physician or licensed psychologist who determines that the treatment is medically necessary, including but not limited to:

February 10, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (February 10, 2012) --  Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today endorsed SF.2128 which would amend Iowa’s 2010 autism insurance reform law by expanding coverage to group plans for individuals with autism up to the age of 26. The current law restricts coverage to state employees.

February 07, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (February 7, 2012) -- Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced its support for HB.2405 and SB.2631 which would require private insurance companies in Hawaii to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Families paying thousands of dollars a year in insurance premiums would gain coverage for the screening, diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

February 02, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (February 2, 2012)  Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today cited a new report issued by the Missouri Department of Insurance as the latest evidence to discredit claims by the insurance industry that providing autism benefits will cause premiums to skyrocket for all policyholders.

February 01, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (February 1, 2012) --  Autism Speaks, the world’'s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced its support for H.736 and S.223, which would amend Vermont’'s 2010 autism insurance reform law by lifting the age 6 cap for receiving benefits.

January 19, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (January 19, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the nation’'s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced its support for HB-69 which would require private insurance companies in Utah to cover the treatment of autism.

October 09, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (October 9, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the nation'’s largest autism advocacy organization, today hailed Gov. Jerry Brown for making California the 28th state to enact autism insurance reform by signing SB.946, which will require coverage of proven behavioral treatment therapies starting in July 2012.