On Wednesday, the Ohio House Committee on Government Affairs and Oversight passed HB 350 by a vote of 8-4. The bill now moves to the House floor where it will be considered after the November elections.
“I am pleased we have passed this important step with House Bill 350. It is obvious that more and more people realize the necessity of providing this coverage for Ohio families. I am truly grateful for the tremendous efforts by so many as we work to make Ohio the 45th state to enact autism insurance reform,” said bill sponsor, Representative Cheryl Grossman.
44 other states, including all states bordering Ohio, have enacted legislation similar to HB 350. Claims data demonstrate the average cost of required coverage is less than 50 cents per member per month. The impact on health insurance premiums has been negligible and there has been no negative impact on small businesses.
“This victory would not have been possible without an outpouring of support by grassroots advocates and community leaders” said Mike Wasmer, director of state government affairs at Autism Speaks.
Meaningful coverage for the treatment of autism in Ohio is currently available only to State employees and those purchasing Health Insurance Marketplace plans. HB 350 would require that all state regulated health plans provide the same coverage.
If you live in Ohio, please take a moment add your name to a thank you note to lawmakers for their support of HB 350 here.