Governor Signs Autism Bill

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Topeka (WIBW) - Gov. Mark Parkinson signed a bill Minday that recognizes the needs of kansas children and their families.

House Bill 2160 requires the Kansas State Employees Health Care Commission to cover services for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder in any covered individual under 19 years old.

“Autism is a serious condition in many children which requires continuous care and guidance,” Parkinson said. “Kansas families should not have to break the bank in order to ensure their autistic child can thrive. This legislation is a great beginning for putting us on a path toward providing coverage for autism in all health insurance plans.”

The bill stipulates that coverage must be provided in a manner determined between the autism services provider and the patient. Coverage will also be subject to the same annual deductibles and coinsurance provisions as established for other physical illness benefits.

Autism spectrum disorder is defined as specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Additionally, S Sub for HB 2160 requires all individual or group health insurance policies (including the State Employee Health Plan) to cover the prescription of orally administered anti-cancer medications no less favorably than intravenously administered or injected cancer medications.

The bill takes effect upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

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