Helena, MT (February 17, 2009) - Yesterday, the Montana Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs Committee passed Senate Bill 234, also known as Brandon's Bill.
Brandon's Bill will require private health insurance companies to provide coverage of autism therapies and services. The amount of coverage is tiered, meaning that children diagnosed with autism would receive upcoverage of up to $50,000 a year for autism services through age 8 and up to $20,000 a year in coverage from age 9 through age 21.
Senators on the Committee passed the bill in a 6-5 vote. Brandon's Bill now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.