|Posted:||October 30, 2015 10:22 AM|
|From:||Representative Thomas P. Murt|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Resolution Directing LBFC to Conduct a Study of the Implementation of the Autism Insurance Act (Prior HR 631)|
|In the near future, I plan to reintroduce HR 631 of 2014, directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study of the implementation of Act 62 of 2008 (Autism Insurance Act).
Act 62 requires that private insurance plans cover autism spectrum disorder treatment services up to $36,000 per year for individuals under the age of 21. Prior to Act 62, most private insurance companies did not cover treatment services for autism spectrum disorder and many individuals had to rely solely on the Medical Assistance program. The intent of Act 62 was not only to stop discrimination by insurers against children and youth with autism spectrum disorder by requiring coverage for treatment but also shift some of the financial burden that has been placed on the Medical Assistance program to private insurers.
In Pennsylvania, there are approximately 55,000 identified individuals with autism spectrum disorder and this number is expected to increase at an alarming rate. To address the increasing number of individuals with autism spectrum disorder that will be seeking services from the Commonwealth, it is important to ensure that Act 62 is being fully implemented.
My resolution will direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a comprehensive study on the implementation of Act 62 and report its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives no later than November 30, 2016.
Previous Cosponsors: HENNESSEY, KOTIK, KIRKLAND, COHEN, V. BROWN, READSHAW, BOBACK, KINSEY, YOUNGBLOOD, SCHLOSSBERG, DiGIROLAMO, GIBBONS, DAVIS, MAJOR, FREEMAN, KORTZ, JAMES, K. BOYLE, MILLARD, CUTLER, KAVULICH, ROZZI, C.PARKER, D. COSTA, DeLUCA, BARRAR, GINGRICH, VEREB, REGAN, WATSON, STURLA, FRANKEL and PASHINSKI
Introduced as HR607