(Jefferson City, MO - March 13, 2008) Legislation was recently introduced in the state of Missouri by State Representative Sam Page (D-82), House Bill 2351, and Senator Chris Koster (D-31), Senate Bill 1229 that requires appropriate insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. The bills would require Missouri healthcare policies to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other treatments prescribed by an insured's treating physician. Both bills are identical and the language of the bill closely follows model legislation drafted by Autism Speaks earlier this year.
Read HB 2351 sponsored by Representative Sam Page here.
Read SB 1229 proposed by Senator Chris Koster here.