Bill requiring insurance companies to cover autism treatments becomes law

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Oklahoma Capitol

Update (05/04/16): The bill cleared both Houses and was sent to the governor’s desk.

She signed it into law on Wednesday.

OKLAHOMA – A bill that would require insurance companies to cover treatment of autistic children passed the Senate on Thursday.

House Bill 2962 would require coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder in children younger than 9 years old.

If the child isn’t diagnosed or doesn’t receive treatment until after they are 3 years old, they would be eligible for at least six years of benefits as long as their conditions improved.

“One in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. If it isn’t something your family is dealing with, chances are you know someone whose family is,” said AJ Griffin, an author of the bill. “The good news is the right kind of treatment can make a dramatic difference in helping these children become independent, productive individuals. Forty-three other states already make sure their children are covered. It’s time for Oklahoma to become the forty-fourth state to enact this law.”

The bill was approved 36 to 5 by the full Senate.

The measure now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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