Autism Bill Moves Through Senate, on to House

Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 5:18 pm
By: News 9

Staff and Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Senate amended a bill that would require the coverage of autism treatments.

It is an amendment to Kris Steel's bill, HB 2028, which provides for therapists for autism in the state. Autism is a bioneurological disorder that affects the communications skills of young children.

Senator Jay Paul Gumm (D-District 6) said his amendment is a compromise to "Nick's Law," which would have required private insurance companies to cover autism.

The amendment requires the High Risk Health Insurance Pool to cover autism therapies, which is insurance for people uninsured through private insurance providers.

The amended bill will now move on to the House.