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States Consider Autism Insurance Bills, But Economy Deals Blows

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Advocates across the country are pushing for states to pass legislation requiring health insurance companies to cover autism treatment. With states hurting in this struggling economy, it’s been an uphill battle for many, but proposals in some states are moving forward. Here’s a look at recent legislative action on these autism insurance proposals:

Oklahoma: The measure was defeated in a house committee, reports The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman. To read more click here.

Wisconsin: Gov. Jim Doyle says that passing legislation requiring the state’s health insurers to cover autism is a legislative priority, reports The La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune. So far, a bill in the state’s legislature unanimously passed a Senate committee, reports The (Racine, Wis.) Journal Times. To read more click here.

Utah: The measure passed the state Senate, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. To read more click here.

Iowa: A measure is under consideration, reports KCCI, the Des Moines CBS affiliate. To read more click here.

Virginia: The measure died in the state Senate, reports The Washington Post. To read more click here.

Missouri: A measure is under consideration, reports KOMU, the Columbia, Mo. NBC affiliate.

Nevada: A bill was introduced and has support from Senate and Assembly leaders, reports the Las Vegas Sun. To read more click here.

New Mexico: The measure passed the state Senate, reports the Associated Press.

Ohio: A bill is expected to be introduced later this month, reports NBC4i, the Columbus NBC affiliate. To read more click here.

Montana: A bill passed a committee in the state Senate, reports The (Missoula, Mont.) Missoulian.

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Previous stories on this topic:

Battle Over Autism Insurance Headed For Okla. Legislature (January 20, 2009)

Short On Options, Parents Increasingly Foot The Bill (December 29, 2008)

Cost Of Autism Huge (December 1, 2008)

Legislators Finding Autism Insurance Legislation Hard To Oppose (October 20, 2008)

Who Should Pay For Therapy? Schools Or Insurance? (September 16, 2008)

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