Doubts Raised About Kansas' Autism Treatment Bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, February 23, 2009

The head of the Senate committee considering a bill to require insurance companies to cover the treatment of autism is raising doubts about the legislation.

In a news release, Republican State Sen. Ruth Teichman of Stafford voiced concerns that the measure would increase insurance premiums. Teichman said that given the current economic crisis, premiums on health insurance policies paid for by tax-supported entities should not be increased.

But Mike Wasmer of the Kansas Coalition for Autism Legislation said the issues raised by Teichman have been addressed. Wasmer said data provided by his group -- including a third-party report -- show the increase will be less than 1%.

The bill would require insurance companies to cover the diagnostic evaluation and treatment for autism disorders.

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