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Kentucky Legislature Hears of Denials, Delays

June 27, 2013

FRANKFORT (June 27, 2013) -- A special legislative committee heard complaints of denials and delays under Kentucky's 2010 autism insurance reform law at a hearing here.

"I want to get fixed whatever is not working correctly,” Rep. Jeff Greer, co-chair of the Interim Joint Committee on Banking and Insurance, told the Floyd County Times. Last year, the state Department of Insurance had to intervene with health plans to provide appropriate coverage.

Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks' vice president for state government affairs, told the committee that insurers had failed to recognize applied behavior analysis (ABA) as medically necessary treatment while fighting the bill in the Legislature, but that the issue should have been resolved now that measure has been law for over two years. She said implementation issues are not uncommon when autism insurance reform laws are put in place.

Read the Floyd County Times coverage here