OKLAHOMA CITY -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma said it's adding benefits for children with autism. Many in the state hope this is a step in the direction to make all health care providers add autism benefits.
The company said benefits would cover evaluations and certain types of therapy without raising premiums too much. It will be available in 2010.
Advocates said Monday's announcement highlights the need to pass a law forcing all insurance companies to cover autism benefits.
"Blue Cross Blue Shield, with its customer base, will only reach a very small portion compared to what Nick's Law would do. But it does give us some validity that Nick's Law is necessary, we just wish we could do this to affect all of Oklahoma," Wayne Rohde with the Oklahoma Autism Coalition said.
Lawmakers will discuss the bill known as Nick's Law in February. It's named after Wayne Rohde's son who has autism.