Two bills have been introduced in the 108th
Tennessee General Assembly that would require all insurances companies in the
state to cover families who have children on the autism spectrum.
SRVS encourages concerned individuals to
contact their legislators and urge passage of the legislation. Autism affects one in 88 children and is the
nation’s fastest growing developmental disability, according to Autism Speaks.
State Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis and State Sen.
Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville filed similar bills in the Senate in mid-February.
Their joint bill is SB 1286, which also has Lt. Gov. and Speaker of the Senate
Ron Ramsey among co-sponsors.
The Senate bill was referred to the Commerce
and Labor Committee on Feb. 25. HB 1265, a House autism insurance bill sponsored by Rep. Kevin
Brooks, R-Cleveland, was assigned to the Insurance & Banking sub-committee
on Feb. 26. To date, no vote has been taken on either bill.
Currently 34 states, with Arkansas and
Mississippi among them, require insurance coverage of autism.