(Just how many more states need to pass before OK legislators will understand the issue)
Senate OKs plan requiring coverage of autism
Associated Press - June 11, 2008 8:34 PM ET
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Senate has unanimously approved a plan to force employers to offer health insurance that includes treatment for children with autism, though the requirement would not apply to small businesses.
Representative Franklin Foil's bill would require that companies with more than 50 employees offer insurance that pays for applied behavior analysis -- a treatment for autism that advocates say is highly effective, particularly for preteen children.
The new mandate on employers would take effect in January, applying to children under 18.
The measure caps the costs at $36,000 or a total of $144,000 for four years of treatment.
Under the bill, the treatment would include rehabilitation, prescribed medicine, a psychiatrist, a psychologist and therapy.
The 33-0 vote sends the bill (House Bill 958) to the governor's desk.
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