Autism bill passes, awaits Governor's signature

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Updated: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:58:16 CST

The very first measure up for vote today, the bill that would provide insurance coverage for families dealing with autism. After continuous work and pressure by the families affected, state lawmakers passed the bill with a 48 to 0 vote.

Once signed by the Governor, the law would require insurance companies to cover treatment for autistic children. It would cover up to 70 thousand dollars a year for behavioral health treatment for the first 3 years.
Just Yesterday, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a similar bill. That Kansas law will require health insurance plans to provide coverage for services such as therapy. The law will go into effect next year. With the new measures, children could receives up to 1,300 hours of therapy per year.