Wednesday, May 12, 2010

State legislation : Missouri legislature passes Conference Committee Substitute for HB 1311&1341 autism insurance bill; Governor Nixon expected to sign

Update, 5/12/10, 6:20PM PDT -  The Missouri Senate newsroom reports that the licensing provisions for Behavior Analysts have been retained in the final passed bill,
"In addition, a state Behavior Analyst Advisory Board is established under the State Committee of Psychologists within the Division of Professional Registration. The new board is charged with establishing and overseeing licensure and registration requirements for behavior analysts and assistant behavior analysts who provide therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders."
On Tuesday, May 11, 2010 a joint House-Senate conference committee of the Missouri Legislature drafted a Committee Substitute for the Senate Committee Substitute for House Committee Substitute for House Bill Nos. 1311 & 1341 .

On Wednesday, May 12, 2010 this Conference Committee Substitute was adopted and passed by both the House (144-16) and the Senate (27-6) of the Missouri Legislature.

News stories report that the coverage for autism spectrum disorders is $40,000/year for ABA up to age age 18, but the full and exact language of the Conference Committee Substitute, or whether any changes were made to the licensing conditions for Behavior Analysts is unavailable at this time. It is expected that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will sign the passed legislation.

For further reading
Legislature sends autism insurance bill to governor
By Virginia Young
Post-Dispatch Jefferson City Bureau
05.12.2010 1:12 pm

Autism insurance mandate passes Mo. Legislature
May 12, 2010

General Assembly Endorses Autism Insurance Coverage

May 12, 2010
Missouri Senate newsroom

Autism insurance mandate passes Mo. Legislature
By: The Associated Press | 12 May 2010 | 01:02 PM ET

Autism Votes Missouri

Past posts
Monday, May 10, 2010
State legislation: Missouri takes the autism insurance bills down to the wire as General Assembly eyes May 14, 2010 adjournment; both insurance bills now contain language for licensing of Behavior Analysts

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