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March 14, 2012

DES MOINES, IA (March 14, 2012) -- The Iowa Senate approved SF.2128 by a 43-7 vote and sent the bill to the House for further action. The bill would expand the state's 2010 autism insurance law to cover more Iowa families.

 

 

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.

April 30, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (April 30, 2010) -- Autism Speaks joined Iowa families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding Governor Chet Culver yesterday for signing the Standing Appropriations Bill, HF 2531, which includes an amendment requiring the state health insurance plan to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis, for state employees.

April 29, 2010
  • Requires the state employees health plan to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders for state employees and their families
  • Coverage provided to individuals under the age of 21
  • Coverage subject to an inflation-adjusted maximum benefit of $36,000 annually
March 31, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (March 31, 2010) -- Autism Speaks yesterday joined Iowa families in applauding the members of the House for their passage of the Standing Appropriations Bill, HF 2531, which includes an amendment requiring the state health insurance plan to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis, for state employees. Passage of this amendment marks the first step in bringing about statewide reform of the private insurance market and ending insurance discrimination against all individuals with autism.