An Update from the Nebraska Insurance Reform Steering Committee…
Hi Everyone. As you may have heard, today Senator Colby Coash introduce a bill requiring insurance companies cover individuals with Autism up to age 21. Most of you are involved in organizations that will have special interest in this, so please copy and paste the following and send out to your list servs or contacts. Thanks to you all for the support over the last couple of (grueling) weeks!
Nebraska’s LB 1129–Insurance Coverage for Individuals with Autism!!
Today, Senator Colby Coash introduced LB 1129 that requires insurance companies to cover individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders up to age 21. The bill covers screening, diagnosis/evaluation and treatments, including evidence based behavior therapies such as ABA. This has been a long time coming in Nebraska, and we are so grateful to Senator Coash for standing up for Nebraska’s families who are affected by autism! (To read a copy of the bill, go to www.nebraska.gov and search for LB 1129).
Currently, the bill reads that children up to age 9 will be covered up to $70,000 per year, and those from age 10-21 have a financial cap of $20,000. However, Senator Coash has already agreed to introduce an amendment that would cover individuals for the first three years of treatment, up to $70,000 per year, regardless of age (up to age 21). After the first three years of treatment, each individual will be covered for up to $20,000 per year. The financial cap ONLY applies to treatment, and not to diagnosis or screening.
As you probably know, introducing the bill is just the beginning. We have a lot of work to do!! Many have asked how you can help. The Banking and Insurance Committee will be holding a hearing to discuss the bill, and your efforts are needed! We don’t have a date yet, but as soon as we do, we will pass it along, and ask for you to send an email to your Senator, and if possible, attend the hearing. We want to have lots of people in the audience representing our families, and showing our State Senators that we are unified!
PLEASE Like our Facebook page, Autism Insurance Reform in Nebraska, and continue to check email and our website for more updates. Our website will go live soon, hopefully on Friday, and there you can get additional information. (www.nebraskainsurancereform.org) . If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Thanks to everyone for all your support and hard work! Those letters you wrote a month ago were great, and your voices were heard!!