Tuesday, June 09, 2009

CT Behavior Therapy Bill Passes the Senate

Waiting on the governor to sign this bill and the HB 6200 Lyme bill.  This is amazing news! Pretty surreal to think that insurance would finally cover it.  Maybe the world isn't as insane as I think it is.  My two worlds have collided - what an interesting time.  On her desk the fate of my past and the fate of our future.

Autism Speaks last night joined Connecticut families and other autism advocacy organizations in applauding the members of the State legislature for passing Senate Bill 301, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. The bill was passed late last night in a vote of 140 to 2 and now heads to Governor M. Jodi Rell’s desk for signature into law.

The Connecticut bill requires insurers to provide coverage for behavioral therapy up to a yearly benefit of $50,000 for a child who is less than nine years of age and $35,000 for a child who is at least nine years of age and less than thirteen years of age. The bill specifically covers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, which is recognized as an effective, evidence-based treatment for children with autism. SB 301 was sponsored by State Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney (D-11) and Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan (D-84).
We specifically want to thank Senator Joe Crisco, Senato r Jonathan Harris, Senator John McKinney, Senator Len Fasano, Representative Lawrence Cafero, Representative Themis Klarides for their herculean efforts on behalf of this bill and all those touched by autism. We ask each of you if you have a moment to thank these members. To learn more about this historic bill passing and how to contact local representatives visit www.autismvotes.org.


Ashley loves Leo said...

I can't believe I forgot to post this earlier! Such late news but I figured I'd post it anyway just in case someone hasn't seen it.

Artemisia said...

Hi sweetie - just dropping in after dropping off the face of the earth for a while!

Couldn't you just scream with joy about this...Mass has the same thing in the works. I didn't realize it, but one of my friends helped draft the bill. I'm so happy and proud!

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