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Autism Insurance Coverage Mandated in California Under Bill Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown

In case you had not heard, Governor Brown signed SB 946 in California today: Autism coverage mandated in California under bill signed by Brown: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2011/10/jerry-brown-autism-coverage.html Lots of hard work and dedication led to this success: Autism advocates reunite in support of SB 946 | City Brights: Rachel Norton | an SFGate.com blog – http://blog.sfgate.com/rnorton/2011/10/05/autism-advocates-reunite-in-support-of-sb-946/ Thank … Continue reading

Washington Post Article Attacks Affordable Care Act, Uses Scare Tactics. Children Need Federal Solution

On September 24th, the Washington Post published a very misleading article entitled “Autism treatment benefits could be jeopardized by federal health law provision” (By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News; see same article at “Parents Fear Health Law Could Derail Autism Coverage”).  Why does Kaiser Health News use scare tactics?  Their interests certainly do not appear … Continue reading

Autism Speaks State Autism Insurance Reform Initiative

Q:     What is the Autism Speaks State Autism Insurance Reform Initiative? A:     Autism Votes, an Autism Speaks initiative, is working to change state insurance laws to require private health insurance policies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  In connection with its State Autism Insurance Reform Initiative, Autism Speaks is … Continue reading

Q&A: Autism Benefits Mandates – Basic Information

Q:     What is a health benefits mandate? A:     A health benefits mandate is a requirement that an insurance company or health plan cover (or offer coverage for) specified benefits for specific patient populations. These mandates can be the subject of state or federal legislation State health benefit mandates only affect an employer sponsored health … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why?: Chapter 10

Chapter 10: Conclusion – What next? (Originally published July 7, 2008) In this and other Chapters, in a Q&A format, we provide some basic information that we hope will help you answer questions you may have on various topics related to the Florida autism legislation.  See Introduction and Table of Contents.  In Chapter 9, we … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why?: Chapter 9

Chapter 9: Evaluation (Originally published July 7, 2008) In this and other Chapters, in a Q&A format, we provide some basic information that we hope will help you answer questions you may have on various topics related to the Florida autism legislation.  See Introduction and Table of Contents.  In this Chapter, we discuss whether the … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why?: Chapter 8

Chapter 8: Florida Autism Legislation – Medicaid Waiver for Developmental Disabilities (Originally published July 7, 2008) In this and other Chapters, in a Q&A format, we provide some basic information that we hope will help you answer questions you may have on various topics related to the Florida autism legislation.  See Introduction and Table of … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why?: Chapter 7

Chapter 7: Florida Autism Insurance Mandate – Identifying Exempt Self-Insured Plans (Originally published July 7, 2008) In this and other Chapters, in a Q&A format, we provide some basic information that we hope will help you answer questions you may have on various topics related to the Florida autism legislation.  See Introduction and Table of … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why?: Chapter 6

Chapter 6: Florida Autism Insurance Mandate – Understanding the Self-Insured Plan Exemption (Originally published July 7, 2008) In this and other Chapters, in a Q&A format, we provide some basic information that we hope will help you answer questions you may have on various topics related to the Florida autism legislation.  See Introduction and Table … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why?: Chapter 5

Chapter 5: Developmental Disabilities Compact (Originally published July 7, 2008) In this and other Chapters, in a Q&A format, we provide some basic information that we hope will help you answer questions you may have on various topics related to the Florida autism legislation.  See Introduction and Table of Contents. In this Chapter, we discuss … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why?: Chapter 4

Chapter 4: Mandate Exemptions (Originally published July 7, 2008) In this and other Chapters, in a Q&A format, we provide some basic information that we hope will help you answer questions you may have on various topics related to the Florida autism legislation.  See Introduction and Table of Contents.  Speaker Rubio estimated that the mandate … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why?: Chapter 3

Chapter 3: Scope of the Mandate – Insurance Coverage  (Originally published July 7, 2008) In this and other Chapters, in a Q&A format, we provide some basic information that we hope will help you answer questions you may have on various topics related to the Florida autism legislation.  See Introduction and Table of Contents.  In … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why? Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Scope of the Mandate: Health Plans (Originally published July 7, 2008) In this and other Chapters, in a Q&A format, we provide some basic information that we hope will help you answer questions you may have on various topics related to the Florida autism legislation.  See Introduction and Table of Contents.  In this … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why? Chapter 1

Chapter 1: The Florida Mandate (Originally published July 7, 2008) There are three key components of the Florida autism legislation: Mandate: an insurance mandate that covers children with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome. Compact: a compact among health benefits providers that relates to insurance and access to services for individuals with … Continue reading

Florida’s Autism Insurance Benefits Mandate: Who Will Benefit, Who Will Not, and Why? Introduction

(Originally Published July 7, 2008) On May 2, 2008, the Florida House and Senate enacted Senate Bill 2654 entitled “Relating to Children with Disabilities.”  Governor Crist signed the legislation on May 20, 2008.  While the legislation became law on July 1, 2008, it includes delayed effective dates for various components.  We refer to this legislation as … Continue reading