SB15-015

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SB15-015 - Mental Health Parity For Autism Spectrum Disorders

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning A Clarification Of Benefits For Autism Spectrum Disorders In Health Benefit Plans Issued In This State.

The bill includes autism spectrum disorders in the state's mental health parity law and repeals a provision that specifies that autism is not to be treated as a mental illness for purposes of health care coverage, thereby clarifying that health benefit plans issued in this state must include health care benefits for autism spectrum disorders that are no less restrictive than benefits available for a physical illness. Additionally, the bill removes reference to any caps on the number of services or visits covered under a health benefit plan for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and specifies that a nationally registered behavior technician may provide direct services to a person with an autism spectrum disorder under the supervision of another autism services provider. The bill takes effect on and applies to health benefit plans issued, delivered, or renewed on or after January 1, 2016.

Latest update: April 16, 2015
04/16/2015 Governor Signed
04/09/2015 Sent to the Governor
04/09/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/06/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
03/24/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/23/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/19/2015 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/24/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
02/18/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/17/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/11/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/22/2015 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Business, Labor, & Technology
01/07/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services + Business, Labor, & Technology