Mandate for insurance coverage of autism treatment passes Senate

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  • aComment Centerville, UT
    March 1, 2014 10:06 p.m.


    As the Supreme Court has said, there is no difference between mandated insurance and a tax. Insurance companies can't just print free money, they have to collect it from somewhere. Senator Christensen is correct that passing this bill is the same as requiring payments from taxpayers -- even if they do appoint Insurance Companies to be the tax collectors.

    Did you know that Senator Christensen is a health care provider who has treated many children with autism? I think he has a very firm grasp on the differences between insurance and medicaid.

  • Mrs. Bonnie Willford south jordan , UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 8:17 p.m.

    Thank you for passing this bill today, Senators! Thank you, Senator Shiozawa, for supporting our kids by sponsoring this bill! I know our hearts have swelled with gratitude this day! You are all heroes in the lives of our families!

  • ITMama Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 6:07 p.m.

    So grateful for the recognition of this desperate situation by many families. The support means a great deal. I hope the house recognizes the great importance of this bill and its potential to make a huge impact for all family members affects by autism.

  • livingthedream Layton, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 5:58 p.m.

    This is fantastic news! Kudos to Senator Shiozawa for courageously and diplomatically leading this effort. Also, kudos to those senators who took the time to become well versed in the data and study this issue fully. Data-driven informed policy reflects well on Utah and this bill will save taxpayers millions in special education and long term care costs alone while having a negligible impact on claims costs (less than .2%). Let's hope the House follows suit in supporting a well crafted, data driven and solution oriented approach to providing effective medical treatment to Utah's growing population of children with autism.

  • travelrus murray, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 3:15 p.m.

    I don't believe Senator Allen Christensen understands that the Insurance Company will need to cover autism just like the insurance company covers cancer. This is not a tax payer funded mandate. An individuals premiums cover the cost of insurance. Perhaps Senator Christensen is confusing this with accepting Medicaid. I'm not sure he has a grasp for the difference. In spite of some Legislators uneducated understanding of this bill, I do hope enough law makers have a grasp of how important this will be for many families and for society in general.