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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Movement on Insurance Age Caps

The Politics of Autism includes an extensive discussion of insurance 

From Autism Speaks:
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10:00am, the South Carolina Senate Banking and Insurance Subcommittee will hear the Ryan's Law expansion bill (H. 3790). The hearing will take place in Committee Room 407 in the Gressette Senate Office Building (1101 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201). Families of individuals with autism are invited to attend and join our Autism Speaks staff.
Under Ryan's Law, which passed in 2007, large group and state employee insurance plans are required to cover treatement for autism, including up to $53,000 per year of Applied Behavior Analysis, up to the age of 16. House Bill 3790 would remove the age and dollar caps, as well as make the coverage available in individual and small group insurance plans.
Please join us on Wednesday as we work toward making treatment accessible for all South Carolinians with autism!

- Lorri Unumb and the Autism Speaks Advocacy Team
A January 16 report from AP:
Three insurance companies in Mississippi have agreed to provide more extensive coverage of services for people with autism and other developmental disorders.
State law requires coverage of applied behavior analysis therapy for children through age 8.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney announced Tuesday that three insurers are removing the age cap and will provide services for people older than 8. They are BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi, UnitedHealthcare of Mississippi and Magnolia Health.