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New Hawaii Insurance Reform Bills Endorsed

January 28, 2013

NEW YORK (January 28, 2013) -- Autism Speaks today endorsed SB.668 and HB.721, the new Hawaii autism insurance reform bills, which would require many health plans 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).

'Lawmakers Push To Mandate Insurance Coverage For Autism:' Honolulu Star-Advertiser

February 12, 2012

HONOLULU (Feb. 12, 2012)I –  "A bill that would require health insurance companies to cover diagnosis and treatment for autism is poised for passage next week by two Senate committees, a move intended to help youngsters get vital early therapy." Lorri Unumb, Esq., (right) Autism Speaks vice president for state government affairs, testified before the Senate Health Committee.

Lorri Unumb Addresses Hawaii Advocates on Autism Insurance Reform

February 07, 2012

HONOLULU (February 7, 2012)-- Lorri Unumb, Esq., Autism Speaks Vice President of State Government Affairs, presented a talk entitled, "Autism Insurance Reform Across America and in Hawaii" at the State Capitol Auditorium tonight. Lorri discussed legislation that has passed in 29 states, as well as legislation that is pending in Hawaii, House Bill 2405 and Senate Bill 2631.

Autism Speaks Endorses 2012 Hawaii Autism Insurance Reform Bills

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).

Summary of 2012 Hawaii Autism Insurance Reform Bills:

Senate Bill 2631 - Sponsored by Senator Josh Green (D-Kohala/Kona); House Bill 2405 - Sponsored by Representative Chris Lee (D-Kailua)
February 01, 2012

The bills would:

  • Require health insurance companies to provide coverage of the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders

 

  • Coverage and unlimited visits for individuals with autism up to age 26 (SB.2631); HB.2405 places no age cap

 

  • Cap coverage for ABA at $50,000 per year