Idaho autism insurance reform in spotlight from advocate group

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This is one of only four states in the country without a mandate requiring coverage for those on the spectrum. A new Idaho insurance reform effort is underway as a result of an advocate group that wants to bring the state up to the national standard. There are only four states left in the country that do not require private insurance companies to provide autism treatment coverage. The new movement is designed to encourage reform in autism health insurance coverage. Over the weekend, advocates for Idaho autism insurance met in…

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Four health insurance companies violated mental health coverage law

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The state of Oregon has accused four insurers in failing to cover certain treatments including one for autism. The state of Oregon is currently calculating potential fines for four health insurance companies that failed to comply with the law for covering certain mental health treatments, including one for autism. State law requires insurance companies to provide mental and physical coverage in a similar way. The regulation in Oregon states that health insurance companies “cannot categorically deny coverage,” for mental health care and therapies, such as for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA),…

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Autism insurance mandate will ease financial burden of therapies

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The goal is to help to make the necessary treatments affordable for affected families. North Carolina Senator Tom Apodaca (R-Hendersonville) originally sponsored an autism insurance bill in the state, in order to produce legislation that resulted from negotiating with insurers that had previously been opposed to the efforts of Apodaca and other legislators, in their attempts to require coverage for treatment of this spectrum of disorders. Last year’s bill was supported by insurance companies, which were allowed to cap adaptive behavioral treatment. Adaptive behavioral treatment is a term that encompasses…

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Health insurance provider hit with major fine in Missouri

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Aetna faces $4.5 million fine for violating insurance laws in Missouri Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced that health insurance provider Aetna will be paying $4.5 million in fees for violating state law. One of these violations has to do with Aetna covering elective abortions even though some policies did not allow for such coverage. This represents the single largest insurance penalty imposed against a company in Missouri’s history. Notably, the health insurance company is holding itself accountable for any violations of state law, also acknowledging that it had violated…

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Georgia governor likely to sign autism insurance bill

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Before April is through, it is expected that Nathan Deal will be adding his signature to the legislation. Senate Bill 1, an autism insurance bill, is among the hundreds of bills that are currently sitting on the desk of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, and is among those that are expected to be signed before the end of the month. In this case, the insurance legislation will be called Ava’s Law, should it be passed, named after Ava Bullard. If it does become a part of the autism insurance law in…

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Autism insurance faces the senate in North Carolina

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Parents with kids on the spectrum in N.C. must currently pay for speech therapies and treatments out of their own pockets. North Carolina is among a large number of states that is looking into their regulations regarding autism insurance coverage and what parents of children on the spectrum should have to pay out of their own pockets when it comes to various treatments and therapies. In 37 American states, the cost of treatments to help autistic kids speak is covered – at least in part – by health insurance. Parents…

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Medical marijuana bill drops dead despite popularity

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The effort for the Georgia bill has now closed despite the fact that both houses had voted in favor. Even though both houses in Georgia had voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana, the effort died away at midnight on Friday with the close of the legislative session. The issue was in a stalemate in linking the bill with insurance for autistic children. The problem wasn’t that the medical marijuana bill wasn’t adequately supported. It was that the Senate and the House had come to a stalemate over the move…

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Autism insurance proposal in Kansas looks familiar

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The strategy would mandate the coverage of the condition in a way that is similar to Utah and Georgia. Treatment for children, teens, and adults who are on the spectrum can be exceptionally expensive, and states are increasingly working to ensure that autism insurance will provide coverage for families who are affected by this condition. Without coverage, the treatments can be cost prohibitive, as they can range from $40,000 to $60,000 per year. Traditionally, insurers have been reluctant to offer autism insurance, as they have stated that the issue is…

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Health insurance for autism in North Carolina not up to national average

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A new bill is being considered to help to address the inequality for coverage of this condition. Lawmakers in North Carolina are will be considering a bill that is designed to help to overcome the inequality that is being faced by people with autism when it comes to the health insurance coverage that they are receiving in the state. There are currently an estimated 60,000 people in North Carolina who have autism. These individuals and their families often face considerable expenses that are not covered by their health insurance due…

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Health insurance premiums rise for Missouri autism services

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A newly released report has shown that the cost of coverage for treatment in the state is increasing. A report has just been released that has revealed that the payments being made for health insurance that covers treatments that are related to autism spectrum disorders have been sharply rising over the last year in Missouri. In fact, the data in the report indicated that the coverage costs rose by over half in 2012. This data indicated that health insurance that would cover treatments for autism saw a spike in its…

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