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Senate Committee Holds Nebraska Autism Insurance Reform Hearing

Informational hearing first step on road to insurance reform
November 30, 2011

LINCOLN (Nov. 30, 2011) -- The Senate Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee conducted a hearing to learn how the lack of insurance coverage for autism treatments has affected Nebraska families.

The Senate committee was directed under LR.219  to learn the extent of coverage currently available in Nebraska, the need for greater coverage, the ways in which the current coverage could be broadened, and the cost to the state resulting from limited treatment because of the lack or high cost of treatment. 29 other states including Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Colorado, have all enacted autism insurance reform.

Upon completion of its interim study, the committee is to report its findings and recommendations to the full Legislature.