A new bill mandating insurance coverage of autism emerges in the Kansas Legislature. But the Christiansens weren’t so fortunate when Brody was diagnosed last summer with autism.
Mary Beth Chambers, spokeswoman for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, said the industry compromised by not fighting all insurance mandates to treat autism.
She pointed out that the industry agreed to extend coverage to applied behavior analysis therapy and increase the age eligibility for coverage.
“What does that say about politics of the people — that an insurance lobby is the one that dictates which bill has a chance of getting a hearing,” he said.
The insurance industry said it has negotiated in good faith to reach a deal guaranteeing some level of autism coverage.
Rubin concedes his bill won’t cover as many children as he wanted.