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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Autism Speaks and State Bills

Autism Speaks has recently endorsed several bills in state legislatures.

In Kansas:
Autism Speaks today endorsed SB.175 and HB.2317, the new autism insurance reform bills, which would extend the 2010 pilot program for state employees to cover all Kansas residents with state-regulated health plans. Since the pilot program started, the prevalence of autism nationally has been revised upwards to 1 in every 88 children.
In Georgia:
Georgia's new autism insurance reform bill -- Ava's Law-- has just been introduced and endorsed by Autism Speaks. Sponsored by Rep. Ben Harbin (R-Evans), the bill (HB.309), would require state-regulated health plans to coverautism-related therapies.
In Minnesota:
Autism Speaks today endorsed HF.181, sponsored by Rep. Kim Norton (DFL-Rochester), which would require state-regulated health plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Governor Mark Dayton pledged to engage on autism insurance reform earlier this year following the release of a series of recommendations by the state's Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force
(See yesterday's post on Minnesota.)