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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nevada Mandate Expansion Bill

Assemblyman James Ohrenschall, D-Las Vegas, and two colleagues have introduced Assembly Bill 369, a bill that could require state-regulated health plans to cover an unlimited amount of medically necessary applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy.
Today, Nevada requires carriers to cover ABA therapy -- an intensive form of therapy that can cost as much as $100,000 per year in some areas -- but lets the carriers limit benefits to $36,000 per year.
Under A.B. 369, the minimum benefit cap for ABA therapy for autism would be enough coverage to pay for "30 hours of treatment per week unless a treatment provides for additional hours of treatment."
The board of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange -- Nevada's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) health insurance exchange -- has included an analysis of the bill in a health insurance legislative update packet.