Autism Bill Would Help Families Afford Treatment

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Statistics from Autism Speaks show one out of every 88 children is diagnosed with autism. With that in mind, Lincoln Senator Colby Coash is making a run at helping families cope with the diagnosis.

The bill would require insurance companies to pay $70,000 per year for the first 3 years of treatment and $20,000 for every year after that up to age 21.

"We designed this bill so that it really covers the treatment that is necessary," says Sen. Coasch.

Coash attempted the legislation in 2012, but it didn't pan out. Insurance companies were on the fence and their lobbyists for insurance companies raised concerns.

Those who oppose the bill say it's too expensive and that insurance companies can now voluntarily cover these costs.

If passed Nebraska would be the 33rd state to require such coverage.

The first hearing on LB505 is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, before the Senate Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee.

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