April is National Autism Awareness month. Autism impacts over 6,500 Iowans, with 600 children born with the disorder each year. Twenty-nine states have passed legislation regarding coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Iowa passed an insurance mandate five years ago, but it only applies to the Iowa State Employees’ self-funded insurance plan. At the time of passage, there was concern of the impact and the inflation on insurance costs. Data collected over the past five years has pegged the cost at $.53 per member per month, or about $6.00 a year.
In 2012, I and my Senate colleagues championed SF 2128 which would have given all Iowans access to ABA service passing the Senate 43-7. I continue to look for ways, legislative and otherwise, to support families living with Autism.