HONOLULU- The Hawaii Senate approved an autism insurance bill, SB 791 sponsored by Senator Josh Green (D-Kohala/Kona) by a vote of 24-1. The legislation requires coverage for children with autism up to the age of 10.
SB 791 would require state-regulated insurance plans to cover autism-related psychiatric, psychological, pharmaceutical and therapeutic care. The legislation also requires plans to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) with a maximum of $30,000 per year for children for up to four years for children between the ages of three and nine; or $30,000 per year for children up to the age of six and $25,000 per year for children between the ages of seven to ten.
The legislation received broad support from three Senate Committees: Health, Commerce and Consumer Protection, and Ways and Means. If passed in the House of Representatives, Hawaii would join 38 other states that have passed laws guaranteeing insurance coverage for those with autism.