Friday, January 23, 2009

Partisanship Threatens Autism Insurance in Oklahoma

Another political battle is brewing in the Oklahoma legislature, with Democrats continuing to push for increased insurance coverage, while Republicans fight back with proposals that would simply provide more training for specialists and therapists. Democratic Rep. Wallace Collins: "I’m heartened to hear that House Republicans are interested in increasing training for autism specialists, but what I want to know is, what are they going to do for families who need help now? Do they expect parents of children with autism in our state to sit back and wait for ‘market forces’ to help their children?" Read more.

In Utah, legislation was proposed yesterday to require insurance companies to cover up to $50,000 a year in autism therapy for children up to age 9, and $25,000 for treatment for children between 9 and 17. The chief sponsor is the Republican House speaker. Read more.
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