ST. PAUL (February 14, 2013)-- The 2013 Minnesota autism insurance reform bill, HF.181, cleared the House Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee by voice vote yesterday and now heads to its third House committee.
Sponsored by Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-Rochester), the bill would require state-regulated health plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Governor Mark Dayton has pledged to engage on autism insurance reform this year. A landmark 2001 court settlement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota expired in late 2011, stripping families of the state's only coverage starting last year.
The bill was referred to the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee. The initial Senate hearing will be in the Senate Commerce Committee.