A need for access to lifelong autism treatment services is one of the reasons Sen. Heidi Seevers Gansert (R-Reno) sponsored and helped pass SB191 during the 2023 legislative session.
The measure expands the coverage age for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy services for people with autism from 21 to 27 for those receiving Medicaid, a government-funded health insurance for low-income people and those with disabilities. Seevers Gansert said she introduced the legislation as a way to provide relief for families and individuals who faced losing coverage as they aged out.
“There was a cliff. The child would reach a certain age, and then there were really no services available unless someone could afford to do it out of pocket,” Seevers Gansert said. “And for the Medicaid population, they can't afford to do anything out of pocket.”
The little-noticed bill expanding coverage for ABA services passed unanimously out of both chambers of the Legislature in early June. Gov. Joe Lombardo signed it on June 13.