Gov. Heineman To Sign Autism Bill Into Law

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Gov. Dave Heineman will sign a bill on Monday to require some Nebraska health insurers to offer coverage for autism screenings and therapy.

"I will be signing this bill on behalf of families who meet the challenges of autism every day.”

Insurance plans under the new law would cover up to 25 hours per week of behavioral health treatment and insured children would continue to qualify for coverage until they turn 21 years old. Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln said he introduced the bill because he has seen the benefits the treatment can provide for children.

Certain insurance plans will be exempt from the autism requirement, including those that are sold in the individual and small group markets under the new federal health care marketplace. Nebraska is preempted from mandating coverage on plans governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Most private employer sponsored plans are ERISA plans.

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