Kansas Senate approves insurance for autism

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill that would require insurance coverage for children under the age of 12 with autism has been sent to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The Kansas Senate Wednesday approved a bill that requires coverage of up to 1,300 hours annually for a therapy called applied behavior analysis for children up to 6 years old. It also requires 520 hours a year for children from 6 to 12 years old.

The bill doesn't limit coverage for age and hours of treatment for other autism services.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1fzJz65 ) the requirements would at first apply only to insurance plans offered before the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, and only to businesses with more than 50 employees. In 2016, health plans for small employers and individuals would be added.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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