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Senators Perata & Steinberg Introduce Autism Insurance Coverage Bill

Monday, February 25th, 2008

The following information comes from Louis A Vismar, MD, policy consultant for Senator Don Perata:

Legislation was introduced [February 22] to address the findings of the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism that private health plans often fail to provide consistent services and management for individuals with autism.  Senate Bill 1563, authored by Sen. Perata and co-authored by Sen. Steinberg, requires that the Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance, in conjunction with other state agencies, develop recommendations to ensure that health insurers provide appropriate and equitable coverage for individuals with autism and pervasive developmental disorders.  As stated by Senator Perata, “In view of the increasing epidemic of autism spectrum disorders in California, SB 1563 is an important step to ensure that health plans are fulfilling their existing obligations.”

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