Jackson, MS (January 19, 2009) Last week, an autism insurance reform bill has been introduced in the Mississippi State legislature. House Bill 720, sponsored by State Representative Noal Akins (R-12) will require private healthcare policies to provide coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. HB 720 will cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other medically necessary, evidence-based treatments prescribed by an insured's treating physician or psychologist. Coverage for autism treatments and therapies shall be subject to a maximum benefit of $50,000 annually through age 21.
There are currently eight states that have passed similar bills. HB 720 has been referred to both the House Insurance Committee and the Appropriations Committee and is awaiting a hearing in both committees.