House Approves Autism Insurance Measure

by Gabe Bullard on March 16, 2010

by Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio

The Kentucky House has approved legislation requiring insurance companies to pick up some of the high costs of treating autistic children.

Brandenburg Rep. Jeff Greer says autism affects one out of every 110 children in Kentucky. Legislation Greer’s sponsoring requires large insurance companies to cover up to 50-thousand dollars a year of applied behavior analysis treatments for autistic children.

“They must get diagnosis and treatment, ages one through seven, and they can have a very good shot a life of normalcy. The brain is still developing at those ages,” he says.

Greer’s bill unanimously passed the House. A Senate bill, which does not cap insurance coverage amounts, is still awaiting committee action. Similar legislation cleared the House in 2007, but died in the Senate.

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Chris Tobe March 17, 2010 at 8:10 pm

We have an autistic daughter but we are not holding our breath. The insurance lobby is killing this bill by making sure it is never heard in committee in the Senate, so that it dies a quiet death.

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