Insurance coverage for a range of autism disorders would be expanded in a bill the Senate overwhelmingly passed on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 676, sponsored by Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican from Hendersonville, and Sen. Joyce Krawiec, a Republican from Kernersville, is the Senate’s response to unsuccessful House legislation from previous sessions.
It was put together by a large group of medical providers, advocates and insurers.
The bill would expand coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment to state-regulated health plans. Sometimes expensive behavioral therapy treatments would be covered for children up to 18 years old; with benefits capped at $40,000 a year.
Sponsors said the legislation goes farther than previous proposals by including more options for adaptive behavioral treatment.
The bill now goes to the House.