Legislation that requires health insurers to cover the treatment of children with autism has received final legislative approval in the Oklahoma House.
The House on Wednesday voted 65-26 for the bill and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin for her signature.
The bill requires coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder in children younger than 9 years old. Under the measure, children would have access to applied behavior analysis for up to 25 hours a week, with a limit of $25,000 a year.
Autism spectrum disorder affects how a person processes sensory information and their ability to interact and relate to others. Oklahoma is one of only seven states in the nation that does not require insurers to cover autism.
House Bill 2962: http://bit.ly/1R7F9l