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Democrats Decry Erectile Dysfunction Coverage When Autism Coverage is Denied

February 25, 2009

by Associated Press
February 25, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Senate Democrats say they are amazed that some insurance companies pay for treating erectile dysfunction, while denying coverage for autism.

All 22 Democrats in the 48-member Senate signed a letter on Wednesday asking for a cost-savings analysis in the event lawmakers barred insurance companies from covering ED if they refused to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

The letter was sent to Bill W. Crain, administrator of the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board.

Senate Democratic minority leader Charles Laster of Shawnee said it's bad public policy to allow insurance companies to pay for Viagra to treat ED when they are not required to cover autism.