Friday, May 16, 2008

Autism Mandate fight continues

Autism mandate fight continues

Posted: May 13, 2008 01:36 PM

Associated Press - May 13, 2008 2:35 PM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Supporters of a bill to require health insurers to cover autistic children are trying to bolster their case with a new analysis showing the mandate would not be as costly as opponents say.

Sen. John Gumm cited an actuarial study by an expert in Pennsylvania showing Gumm's legislation to help autistic families would have an impact of less than half of a percent on insurance rates.

Gumm, a Durant Democrat, was joined at a news conference by parents of autistic children, who met earlier Tuesday with House Speaker Chris Benge.

The parents said they were unable to persuade Benge to agree to hear the Senate-passed autism bill in the House.

Autism is a developmental disability in children that affects their communications skills.

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