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H. 736 - Sponsored by Representative Jason Lorber (D-Burlington); S.223 - Sponsored by Senator Anthony Pollina (D-North Middlesex)
February 01, 2012
  • Expands the age cap by requiring state regulated private health insurance plans to provide coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders for individuals between the ages 6 and 22 (H.736). S.223 would eliminate any age cap 
  • Expands the 2010 law to require that Medicaid, the Vermont health access plan, and any other public health care assistance program provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism between the ages of 18 months and 6, or the first grade, whichever occurs first
March 02, 2012

MONTPELIER (March 2, 2012) -- The online news site, VTDIGGER.org, reported that the state's 2010 autism insurance reform law had a $500,000 impact on Vermont's Medicaid program, a fraction of the $10 million that had been predicted. Read more here.

March 29, 2012

MONTPELIER (March 29, 2012) -- The Senate unanimously approved a bill, S.223, that would expand the state's 2010 autism insurance reform law to cover children above the age of 6 to age 21. The amended bill sets no annual cap on reimbursement for Applied Behavior Analysis. The bill moves next to the House.

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.

March 08, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (March 8, 2012) –  Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today endorsed HB.771, which would amend Louisiana’s 2008 autism insurance reform law by raising the age cap to 21 and eliminating the $144,000 cap on lifetime benefits.

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 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.

June 22, 2009

NEW YORK (June 22, 2009) -- Autism Speaks joins with the Texas autism community in applauding Governor Rick Perry for signing House Bill 451 - a bill expanding the age of mandatory insurance coverage for children with autism.
The existing law, passed in 2007, requires insurance companies to provide coverage of medically necessary autism therapies, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, to children with autism between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. Enactment of HB 451 expands this age cap to less than 10 years old.