Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Senate passes autism coverage plan

Associated Press - April 14, 2009 6:15 PM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has amended a House bill to require the Oklahoma High Risk Health Insurance Pool to cover autism.

Sen. Jay Paul Gumm offered the amendment to a House measure dealing with insurance coverage. It passed Tuesday on a voice vote.

Gumm says his amendment is a compromise to "Nick's Law," which would have required private insurance companies to cover autism.

Autism is a bioneurological disorder that affects the communications skills of young children.

House Bill 2027 returns to the House and is expected to wind up in a joint conference committee.

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