Senate Bill 1 - Nick's Law
Friday, November 21, 2008; Posted: 4:12 p.m. (CDT)
Democratic Senator Jay Paul Gumm is trying to pass "Nick's Law" again this year.
The bill would require insurance companies to cover autism diagnosis and treatment.
Senate Bill 1 is named for Nick Rohde. He's an 11-year-old from Edmond who suffers from autism.
His father, Wayne Rohde, lobbied for the bill last year but it didn't pass a house committee.
He has higher hopes for this year.
Rohde says, "The elections did go significantly to the republicans. It was the republican house leadership that stopped this legislation last year."
He goes on to say, "But I'm hopeful they will do the right thing and take a very serious look at this and allow this type of legislation to go forward."
Rohde says similar legislation has been adopted in other states.