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Archive for Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Motion to consider autism bill fails

April 29, 2009

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— A bill that would have required insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism disorders is probably dead for the 2009 legislative session.

House Bill 2367 had been stuck in committee, and state Rep. Nile Dillmore, D-Wichita, tried to move it to the House floor for debate on Wednesday.

But his motion failed on a 60-60 vote.

“There was a full-court press by the insurance companies to defeat the motion,” Dillmore said.

But, he said, he expected the issue to be back before legislators in 2010. He said it’s a shame that some child may not get the treatment he or she needs because of the failure to pass the bill.

Insurers said the legislation would have driven up insurance premiums.

But advocates for children say the growing number of states that have enacted such a requirement have experienced minimal premium increases, while the long-term payoffs are great because children who receive treatment become higher-functioning students and adults.

Comments

Amy McVey 4 years, 11 months ago

Absolute cruelty. The families suffer enough from the effects of autism and now to be denied treatment that can help their child function in our environment? These are beautifully special children who have gifts and talents that deserved to be nurtured to the full capacity. Oh, and you know who picks up the bill now - we do. I have experienced first hand how early intervention helped my child - he is now in a classroom, has friends, needs no help from special education. All because signs were noticed, action was taken and the insurance company paid. I hate to think what would have happened had we not had insurance to pay for the early intervention therapies. If I hear one more TV commercial about how insurance companies care I'm going to throw my TV out the window.

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Mary Darst 4 years, 11 months ago

too bad. Wonder if some of the insurance people had children with these problems????What would they do.

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bwebcorp 4 years, 11 months ago

A truly sad day for autistic children in Kansas and another victory for greedy insurance companies and lobbyist. Again it's shows how the mindless people that run our local state government can be so easily handled by the insurance lobby.

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pace 4 years, 11 months ago

The same legislature who caddies for the coal lobby has picked up the clubs for the insurance companies. When will we ever get smart enough not to elect shills.

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coldplay 4 years, 11 months ago

phuck big pharma.

this is a travesty.

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sandersen 4 years, 11 months ago

Why am I not suprised. I cannot fathom insurance not wishing to cover/pharma not wanting to admit complicity to this devastating and tragic disorder.

And no... I am not an armchair spectator. My family has faced this spector, and it is incredibly destructive. My heart and thoughts go out to all who have braved fighting for treatment/diagnosis/advocacy for their children or loved ones, as well as to those amazing humans who deal with and live life without filters.

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