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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Insurers Seek Less Stringent Mandate in Missouri

The Missourian reports:

Insurance agency representatives asked a Missouri House committee Tuesday to reject the Senate version of autism insurance legislation.

The House and the Senate have passed separate bills mandating insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis therapy to treat autism spectrum disorders. A cost difference divides the two bills, with the House setting a $36,000 annual cap for treatment while the Senate bill would cap treatment at $55,000.

The two bills also differ on an age limit for coverage, with the House bill requiring coverage until age 18 and the Senate until 21. Additionally, the House bill establishes license requirements for autism therapists while the Senate version does not.

The Senate bill is SB 618.

The House bill is HB 1311