Advocates from across the state celebrated a victory yesterday as the Oklahoma State House of Representatives gave final approval to HB 2962, autism insurance reform. The legislation would prevent state regulated health insurers from continuing to exclude basic, evidence-based care for children diagnosed with autism. The bill now heads to Governor Mary Fallin for her signature. The final passage include bipartisan support with a vote of 65 to 26 and the bill passed the senate 36-5.
Without the reforms in the legislation, many Oklahomans will continue to face moving to other states to gain access to basic, evidence-based care for their family members with autism. If signed into law, Oklahoma would join 43 other states, including all states bordering Oklahoma, to enact legislation requiring coverage for individuals with autism.
"We are thrilled to see the overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers for autism insurance coverage for Oklahoma,” said Judith Ursitti, director of state government affairs at Autism Speaks. "We are grateful to the legislators from across the state who were champions for individuals with autism who deserve coverage for the care their doctor prescribes. We hope that due to this overwhelming support, Governor Mary Fallin will soon sign HB 2962 into law.”