AUGUSTA (May 1, 2014) -- The Maine Legislature voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that will expand benefits under the state's 2010 autism insurance law from age 5 through age 10. The new law takes effect January 1, 2015.
AUGUSTA (April 29, 2014) -- Maine Governor Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would raise the age cap on the state's 2010 autism insurance law from 5 to 10, saying it would raise insurance premiums and taxes. The Legislature, which reconvenes Thursday, had passed the autism bill by a two-thirds majority, the number of votes which would be sufficient to overturn the veto.
(March 19, 2014) -- The Maine Senate has approved a bill requiring state-regulated health plans to cover autism benefits up to age 10 and sent the bill to the House. Maine's 2010 autism insurance reform law currently caps benefits at age 5.
AUGUSTA (February 5, 2014) -- The Maine Legislature's Joint Committee on Insurance and Financial Services yesterday voted 7-4 for a bill that would expand benefits under the state's 2010 autism insurance reform law.
AUGUSTA (March 15, 2013) -- Autism Speaks has endorsed a new bill, SP.127, which would amend Maine's 2010 autism insurance reform law by raising the age of eligibilty for benefits from 5 to 21. The measure is sponsored by Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Kennebec).
AUGUSTA (March 29, 2012) -- A bill that would have barred insurance benefits that exceed the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal heath care reform law, was referred back to Senate committee where no further action is expected. The bill, LD.882, had been narrowly approved by the House and created concerns regarding Maine's 2010 law requiring insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Augusta, ME (March 28, 2009) Autism Speaks, the nations largest autism advocacy organization, today announced its support for LD 1198 (SP 446), the autism insurance reform bill. The legislation would require private health insurance companies to cover the screening, diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for individuals up to the age of 21. The maximum benefit would be $36,000 per year.