Jefferson City (KMOV) - The Autism Insurance Reform Bill, which keeps insurance companies from denying coverage to autistic patients, passed an important hurdle Tuesday.
The bill, sponsored by Missouri Senator Scott Rupp (R-Wentzville), was unanimously approved by the Senate Small Business, Insurance and Industrial Relations Committee.
"I am pleased that we're one step closer to real assistance for the thousands of Missouri families that struggle with autism-a devastating neurological disorder that is affecting more and more of our children," said Sen. Rupp. "This bill keeps insurance companies from denying coverage for autism spectrum disorders, and will get those families the real help they need."
Now that the bill has passed the committee, it goes to the Senate to be considered by the full body.
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