HB 569-FN - As amended by the Senate: AN ACT clarifying insurance coverage for diagnosis and treatment of pervasive developmental disorder or autism.passed in the New Hampshire Senate and is anticipated to receive Governor John Lynch's signature. The passage came after some delay from its passage in the New Hampshire House on January 6, 2010.
Some language of interest from the bill text,
2 New Section; Coverage for Treatment of Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Autism. Amend RSA 417-E by inserting after section 1 the following new section:
417-E:2 Coverage for Treatment of Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Autism
I. For the purposes of this chapter, treatment of pervasive developmental disorder or autism as required under RSA 417-E:1, III(h) shall include the following:
(a) Professional services and treatment programs, including applied behavioral analysis, necessary to produce socially significant improvements in human behavior or to prevent loss of attained skill or function. To be eligible for coverage, applied behavior analysis must be provided by a person professionally certified by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board or performed under the supervision of a person professionally certified by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
(d) III. The policy, contract, or certificate may limit coverage for applied behavior analysis to $36,000 per year for children 0 to 12 years of age, and $27,000 from ages 13 to 21. An insurer may not apply payments for coverage unrelated to autism spectrum disorders to any maximum benefit established under this paragraph.
V. The commissioner shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to the insurance coverage requirements established under this section.3 Applicability. This act shall apply to all group policies, contracts, and certificates issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2011.
4 Effective Date.
I. Sections 1 and 2 of this act shall take effect January 1, 2011.For more information
Text of HB 569-FN
Autism Votes New Hampshire page
Connor's Law - background page
Insurance Reform Across the States
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
By: Jeff Sell
Autism Society of America
Lawmakers' Dilemma: Who Pays Autism's High Costs
By Elaine Grant on Tuesday, April 13, 2010.
New Hampshire Public Radio
Sunday, April 4, 2010
State legislation: New Hampshire HB 569-FN autism insurance bill to have Senate Committee hearing on Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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