|Date Requested:February 09, 2010
Time Requested:01:49 PM
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Legislation creates:Neither Program nor Fund
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
| The purpose of this bill is to require health insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. The bill sets forth the types of coverage required and requires therapeutic services to be provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. The bill also defines terms.
The Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) presently pays for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. The resulting claims for this type of testing costs the Plan approximately $50,000.00 per year. A review of the PEIA membership demographics indicates approximately 53,000 dependent children. By using the standard level of incidents for autism spectrum disorder of 1.67% for PEIA dependent children it is expected that the population requiring the coverage defined in this bill to approximately 885.
The PEIA estimates that approximately 400 of the 885 dependent children identified would require intensive services resulting in exhaustion of the maximum benefit of $36,000.00 for behavior therapy and then have high utilization for the other required benefits such as drug therapy prescribed by a treating health care provider and occupational, physical and speech therapy visits. The remaining dependents with autism spectrum disorder will require various levels of behavioral therapy and other required coverage benefits. It can be safely assumed that there will be a significant number of these dependent children that are not considered in need of intensive services and are not currently undergoing behavioral therapy that will begin doing so when this benefit becomes available. All costs associated with the delivery of these benefits would be an additional cost to the program.
Based upon these assumptions it is projected the annual cost to the PEIA to be as follows:
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3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):