Lawmakers Advance Bill to Require Coverage of Autism Therapies
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require insurance
companies to offer coverage for autism therapy.
The measure won
first-round approval on Wednesday after several failed attempts to
attach it to other bills in the final days of this year's session. The
sponsor, Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln, said earlier this week that he
wasn't going to drop the issue even though the bill's prospects looked
The proposal would allow for up to 25 hours per week of covered therapy, until the insured person turns 21 years old.
also would also end a 2015 sunset date for a law that allows coverage
for oral cancer drugs, and require coverage to pay for a special formula
that treats a rare children's digestive disorder.