From the Missourian news article, in reference to concerns about lack of a licensing provision,
"David Smith, a lobbyist for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, also opposed the Senate bill and expressed concerns about its lack of licensing requirements for therapists.Unstated in the news article, although covered by this blog, is that Missouri currently has a separate licensing bill submitted in the 2010 legislature which would license the profession of applied behavior analysis,
'There needs to be a background check, at least,' Smith said. 'These people are part of the day-to-day operation in the lives of those kids.'
Qualms regarding licensing and training regulations resurfaced later in the hearing, when the government affairs director for the insurance company Coventry Health Care, Cheryl Dillard, testified against the bill.
'Many of (the therapists) will be alone with very vulnerable children,' Dillard said. 'Licensing is terribly important.' "
SB 1030: AN ACT To amend chapter 337, RSMo, by adding thereto ten new sections relating to the licensure of the profession of applied behavior analysis, with penalty provisions.SB 1030 has had no movement since its assignment on March 4, 2010 to the Senate Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee
For more reading
Missouri House committee looks for compromise with Senate autism bill
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Past blog posts
Sunday, April 4, 2010
State legislation: Missouri - SS/SB 618 autism insurance bill scheduled for House Committee hearing on Tuesday, April 6, 2010; HB 1311 & 1341, and SB 1030 in holding pattern
Saturday, March 13, 2010
State legislation - Missouri SB 1030 - Creates the Behavior Analyst Advisory Board and requires licensing to engage in applied behavior analysis
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