autism

Bryan Thompson

Insurance companies will begin covering autism services next January for a limited number of children in Kansas.

A bill mandating such coverage has now been signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback.

“So I am pleased to sign this bill today, expanding coverage for autism," Brownback says. "This is an important moment for families that deal with the challenges of an autistic family member, and it’s important that we do this as a society.”

A bill awaiting the governor's signature would require health insurance sold in Kansas to include coverage for autism services-at least in a limited fashion.

The bill sent to the governor last week includes coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Representative John Rubin, of Shawnee, guided the bill through the House.

He says research shows ABA is the most effective form of therapy for a majority of kids with autism, but it needs to start in the preschool years.

Legislators are making progress on a measure that would mandate that insurance companies provide health coverage and treatment for Kansas children diagnosed with autism.

The issue has been the topic of debate in the Statehouse for several sessions and is moving closer to reality. Coverage would help families cope with the cost of providing treatment for autistic children.

The House voted 114-3 on Friday to send the bill to the Senate where its passage was uncertain.