Autism Insurance Reform in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Good news for parents of individuals with autism in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, both states have recently enacted autism insurance reform legislation. In New Hampshire, House Bill 569, Connor’s Law, was recently signed by NH Governor John Lynch. In Massachusetts, House Bill 4935 was signed into law by MA Governor Deval Patrick. This is good news for children with autism in both states!

Connor’s Law Information

NEW YORK, NY (July 27, 2010) — Autism Speaks joined New Hampshire families, the New Hampshire Council on Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Autism Society of New Hampshire, and other autism advocacy organizations on Friday in applauding Governor John Lynch for enacting House Bill 569, also known as Connor’s Law. This bill requires health insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. HB 569 will go into effect on January 1, 2011.

Connor’s Law requires that a medical professional submit a treatment plan detailing the course of therapy. To be eligible for coverage, ABA therapy must be provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst or by someone working under the supervision of such a professional. The bill also includes a $36,000 annual cap on applied behavioral analysis (ABA) for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) birth to age 12, and $27,000 for youth 13 to 21. Insurance coverage for non ABA related therapies does not have any age limits or monetary caps.

Massachusetts Autism Insurance Information

NEW YORK, NY (August 4, 2010) — Autism Speaks joined Massachusetts families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding Governor Deval Patrick yesterday for signing the House Bill 4935 (An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder) requiring private health insurance plans to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies for people of all ages.

The bill, which was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry (2nd Essex District), and State Representative L’Italien (18th Essex District), Vice Chair of Ways and Means, ends private insurance companies’ discrimination against individuals of all ages diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by requiring coverage of medically necessary autism treatments, including evidence-based behavioral health treatments.

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Comments

  1. Mass. passed the same law!!