The bill with potentially the highest probability of passage is,
the Senate Committee Substitute for HB 1311 & 1341, which was listed on the House Calendar under the heading of
BILLS CARRYING REQUEST MESSAGESIn lay terms, the House refuses to concur with the passed Senate version and requests that the Senate recede from that version or, failing to do so, to grant the House a conference. **As of 6:00PM PDT, May 10, 2010 the Senate refused to recede and a Conference has been granted.**
SCS HCS HB 1311 & 1341, (request Senate recede/grant conference) -- Handler: Scharnhorst (093)
Title:AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER COVERAGE
Senate bill, SS/SB 618 Requires health carriers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders under certain conditionswas passed on March 18, 2010 in the Senate and sent to the House where it received relatively little action until the end of April. At the current time, SS/SB 618 has been reported with a Do Pass with
House Committee Substitute, but is not showing on the House Calendar.
One of the clauses of the House Committee Substitute for SS/SB 618 was to change the reimbursement condition in the perfected Senate version from reimbursement for Board Certified Behavior Analysts to reimbursement for licensed practitioners and to include language specifying establishment of a Board and other relevant details.
At this point, both SS/S 618 and HB 1311& 1341 both have clauses for the,
Establishment of the Behavior Analyst Advisory Board under the State Committee of Psychologists within the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration to establish licensure and registration requirements for behavior analysts, assistance behavior analysts, and line therapists who provide applied behavior analysis therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders. The board shall consist of the following 7 members:
1) 3 licensed behavior analysts;
2) 1 licensed behavior analyst holding a doctoral degree;
3) 1 licensed assistant behavior analyst;
4) 1 professional member of the committee; and
5) 1 public member.,
and defines function, duties and conditions of licensing.As stated in the summary of the House Committee Substitute sumamary, "the licensing provisions are similar to those contained in the perfected version of HB 1311 and 1341 (2010)."
These clauses mirror the language of the now defunct SB 1030, which was a standalone licensing bill.
For more information
Missouri General Assembly
Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis/MOABA
Autism Votes - Missouri
Tax credits among battles in Legislature’s final week
BY TONY MESSENGER
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Friday, April 9, 2010
State legislation: Missouri - Compromise requested on SS/SB 618 autism insurance bill; licensing highlighted as pivotal issue
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