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Steinberg Proposes Five-Year Extension on ABA Coverage

January 23, 2013

SACRAMENTO (Jan. 23, 2013) -- Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has introduced a bill (S-126) to extend California's autism insurance reform law another five years to July 2019. The current law, which Steinberg also sponsored, stops taking effect July 1, 2014.

The law requires state-regulated health plans to cover behavioral health treatment, such as Applied Behavior Analysis, consistent with other benefits covered under their policies. Insurers are also required to maintain an "adequate" network of ABA providers.

The bill awaits committee assignment.