Breaking news_ Autism insurance bill for MA just passed the Senate!

Autism Insurance Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk

Autism Insurance Reform will be coming to Massachusetts. The Senate, just minutes ago, unanimously passed legislation that will require health insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
This includes both habilitative and rehabilitative care (including but not limited to, Applied Behavioral Analysis supervised by a board-certified behavior analyst), pharmacy care, psychiatric care, psychological care and therapeutic care when deemed necessary by a licensed physician or psychologist.
This includes both habilitative and rehabilitative care (including but not limited to, Applied Behavioral Analysis supervised by a board-certified behavior analyst), pharmacy care, psychiatric care, psychological care and therapeutic care when deemed necessary by a licensed physician or psychologist.
Governor Patrick reportedly stated in a video feed last night at an event for Autism Speaks that he would sign a bill if it got to his desk. When he does sign it, Massachusetts will become the 23rd state in the country to have such legislation. New Hampshire passed its version just last week. (New York’s legislature passed a bill last month, but Gov. Paterson has yet to sign it into law.)
Unlike other states, Massachusetts’ version does not have a dollar or age cap, meaning that the treatments will not be limited by money or age. This will make Massachusetts’s law among the most comprehensive bills of its kind in the country.
Congratulations to everyone who emailed and called their legislators, and to our partner agency, AFAM, for their staunch advocacy. Thanks especially to Rep. Barbara L’Italien, Sen. Fred Berry, Ways & Means Committee Chairmen Steven Panagiotakos and Charles Murphy, Sen. President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo and all of the 110 members of the Legislature who co-sponsored  the bill.
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