Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

On April 10, 2018, Gov. Bevin signed HB 218 into law, which amends the rules for health benefit plans issued or renewed on or after Jan. 1, 2019. Specifically, plans must still provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Further, insurers can't terminate coverage or refuse to deliver, execute, issue, amend, adjust or renew coverage for a plan participant solely due to a diagnosis of or treatment for an autism spectrum disorder. This new law also removes maximum annual benefit limits, including any limits on the number of visits to autism service providers, and removes age limitations on coverage.

Although this new law is aimed at insurers, it’s important for employers to be aware of what insurers may be doing and what they’re now required to do when issuing policies.

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