Posts Tagged - ‘autism coverage’

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Health Insurance Plans’ Autism Coverage Under Fire

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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Republicans running for Congress this year are touting their anti-Obamacare credentials. Nevada’s Sharron Angle is no different. Boosted by the tea party past a more moderate candidate in the GOP primary, she is going up against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November. As one of the key architects behind the controversial healthcare reform law, Reid is in danger of losing his seat.

Angle is obviously against the individual coverage mandate, as well as health insurance plans being forced to cover certain conditions. She blames the latter for raising costs. Video from a speech last year on that issue has recently been released to controversy. In that speech, Angle railed against a state law that requires health insurers to cover early treatment for autism spectrum disorders. When she mentioned the word “autism”, she used air quotes, which some have interpreted as meaning that she doesn’t believe that autism is a legitimate condition that children’s health insurance should treat.

Not done offending people, Angle went on to say that maternity coverage should not be mandated, since she herself is done having children.

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Missouri Health Insurance Must Now Cover Autism

Friday, June 11th, 2010

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The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, recently signed legislation that mandates family health insurance coverage for autism treatment.

What does the bill do?

  • It requires that all Missouri health insurance companies cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
  • Insurers are now also mandated to provide up to $40,000 worth of Applied Behavioral Therapy (ABA), which has been clinically shown to be effective in many cases, until the child turns 18.
  • Meanwhile, small businesses who can prove that the law will increase their premiums by 2.5% are exempt.

Despite that, some are worried that the new requirements will drive up costs, pricing many others out of the market and leaving them uninsured.

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