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"Kate's Law," the Autism Insurance Reform Bill, Introduced in Kansas

January 19, 2009

Topeka, KS (January 19, 2009) – Last week, an autism insurance reform bill has been introduced in the Kansas legislature. Senate Bill 12, “Kate’s Law,” will require private healthcare policies to provide coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.  Kate’s Law 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 $75,000 annually through age 21.
There are currently eight states that have passed similar bills.  Kates’s Law has been referred to the Kansas Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and is awaiting a hearing.