Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Complaint filed over "Nick's Law" cost analysis

By The Associated Press
Published: March 18, 2009

The parents of an autistic child have filed a complaint over an analysis of the cost of a proposed autism insurance coverage mandate they say is biased and wrong.

Wayne Rohde said Wednesday he and his wife, Robyne, filed the complaint against Thomas E. Cummins of Tulsa. Cummins performed an actuarial study of the autism mandate for the Oklahoma House.

Wayne Rohde says Cummins' study was used to help defeat the mandate called Nick's Law, named for Rohde's autistic son.

Cummins' study says an autism mandate would increase health insurance rates by at least 7.8 percent and possibly as high as 19.8 percent. Other studies, including one by the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board, say the cost would be 1 percent or less.

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