LINCOLN (February 13, 2014) -- An Autism Awareness Rally at the Nebraska capitol has been set for February 25 to kick off this year's legislative push for autism insurance reform.
The rally will feature Sen. Colby Coash [left], who introduced an insurance reform bill, LB-505, last year. The bill received a hearing in the Banking, Insurance and Commerce Committee, but was deferred for further action action until this year. Nebraska is now one of just 16 remaining states yet to enact reform through legislation.
The rally is scheduled for Room 1023, located on the first floor of the west side of the capitol building between 9 and 11 am. In addition to Coash, speakers will include Mike Wasmer, Autism Speaks' associate director of state government affairs; Cathy Martinez, of the Autism Family Network, and; Melissa Schop, of the Autism Society of Nebraska. For more details, go here.
The Coash bill would require up to $70,000 a year in coverage for behavioral health treatment, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, for the first three years of treatment. The limit would be $20,000 annually thereafter until the age of 21.
Colorado, Kansas and Iowa are among the 34 states that already require some form of autism insurance coverage. Legislation is moving in Kansas to expand its law and a reform bill has begun moving through the South Dakota legislature.