Last month, SB 618 a Senate Autism Insurance Bill passed the Senate by a final vote of 26-6 and has headed over to the House. Today the Special Standing Committe on Health Insurance will hold a hearing at 1:30pm in HR 5.
Under SB 618 health insurers must provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. This would go into effect for individuals purchasing or renewing helath benefit plans after August 28, 2010. The bill also prohibits health carriers from denying coverage for those already diagnosed with autism. Coverage of up to $55,000 per year for individuals under the age of 21 is avaiable. The full bill summary and text can be found at the link below.
Below you can see Senator Scott Rupp introduce the bill on the floor.
Senator Scott T. Rupp presents SB618 in front of Sen. Insurance Committee