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. Introduced in committee by Representative Noel Akins on January 30, 2008, the bill is already gaining significant traction in the House with over 40 cosponsors.
Congratulations to Nicole Boyd, Autism Speaks' Chapter Advocacy Chair for Mississippi for all of her hard work in spearheading this effort on behalf of her son and other children with autism in her state.