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June 06, 2008

Trenton, NJ (June 6, 2008) -- New Jersey has become the latest state to address autism insurance reform legislation in its statehouse.  Assembly bill 2238 and Senate Bill 1651 will include coverage for therapies such as physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and evidence-based behavioral interventions, including applied behavioral analysis and other evidence-based, medically necessary treatments.

May 29, 2008

Springfield, IL (May 29, 2008) --  Congratulations Illinois!! With the help of so many in the Illinois Autism community, Senate Bill 1900 passed the IL House today with a vote of 113 - 0! 
For procedural reasons, the bill will need to go back to the Senate for approval before making its way to the Governor's desk for his signature.  Stay tuned to Autism Votes for updates on when SB 1900 will hit the Governor's desk. 

May 02, 2008

1. What does the Florida Autism Legislation (Senate Bill Number 2654) do?
There are three major components of the Florida Autism Legislation, each with an important function:

(1) Medicaid Waiver: Authorizes the Agency for Health Care Administration to seek federal approval for Medicaid coverage of applied behavior analysis and other therapies for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

April 03, 2008

(Lansing, MI - April 3, 2008)  An insurance reform bill has been introduced in the Michigan State Legislature by Representative Kathy Angerer (D - 55) and Senator Tupac Hunter (R - 5)  that will require insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders.
Companion bills, House Bills 5527/5529 and Senate Bills 785/784, will require Michigan healthcare policies to cover screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.  

March 28, 2008

(Baton Rouge, LA - March 28, 2008) Legislation has been introduced in Louisiana to require insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. The bill has been introduced by State Representative Franklin Foil (R-70) of Baton Rouge. The bill would require Louisiana healthcare policies to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other medically necessary, evidence-based treatments prescribed by an insured's treating physician with annual coverage for up to $50,000 a year.

March 13, 2008

(Jefferson City, MO - March 13, 2008)   Legislation was recently introduced in the state of Missouri by State Representative Sam Page (D-82), House Bill 2351, and Senator Chris Koster (D-31), Senate Bill 1229 that requires appropriate insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. The bills would require Missouri healthcare policies to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other treatments prescribed by an insured's treating physician.

February 21, 2008

(ILLINOIS - February 21, 2008) Illinois has become the latest state to introduce autism insurance reform legislation. Illinois Senate bill 1900 was introduced this week in committee by Senator James DeLeo, and will include coverage for therapies such as applied behavioral analysis and other evidence-based, medically-necessary treatments. A lobbying day for parents and organizations in support of SB 1900 is planned for April 15th in Springfield, Ill.

February 07, 2008

JACKSON, MS (February 7, 2008) -- Mississippi has become the latest state to introduce autism insurance reform legislation. House Bill 487 will require health insurance coverage, including coverage under the state and school employees health insurance plan, for autism spectrum disorders. Provisions of House Bill 487 will include coverage for therapies such as applied behavioral analysis and other evidence based, medically necessary treatments.

January 29, 2008

(ARIZONA - January 29, 2008) On January 29, 2008, Arizona State Senator Amanda Aguirre introduced legislation that would disallow large group insurers from denying or refusing coverage to children who were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The required coverage would include the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and treatment that prescribed by the insured's treating medical doctor pursuant to a treatment plan.

March 07, 2007

(Florida - March 7, 2007) Legislation has been introduced in Florida to require insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. Bills have been introduced by State Representative Ari Porth (D-96), House Bill 1291, and Senator Steven Geller (D-31), Senate Bill 2654. The bills would require Florida healthcare policies to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other treatments prescribed by an insured's treating physician.