Missouri Senate passes autism insurance mandate - KMOV.com

Missouri Senate passes autism insurance mandate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Senators have passed what they describe as a compromise bill to require insurance coverage of autism treatment for children.

The legislation would require group insurance policies regulated by the state to cover up to $45,000 annually for behavioral therapy for autistic children through age 18. The mandate would begin Jan. 1.

Senators passed the bill 27-6 Thursday. It now goes back to the House, which had passed a version with lower coverage caps earlier this year.

The annual coverage caps would apply only to "applied behavioral analysis," an intensive therapy that some parents say produces dramatic improvements in their autistic children.

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