Becomes the 9th State New Mexico
to Pass Autism Insurance Reform
NEW YORK, NY (March 20, 2009) – State legislators passed Senate Bill 39, which requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. The bill passed the House today (Monday, May 20, 2009) in a vote of 51-15, following unanimous passage in the State Senate, and now heads to Governor Bill Richardson’s desk for signature into law.
“I am elated with the final passage of SB 39 today. It truly was a win for the autism community of
In many states, insurers explicitly exclude coverage of these therapies from policies, which places a significant financial burden on families seeking to provide their children with necessary services. Eight states –
“With the passage of this legislation,
The passage of this legislation was the result of a grassroots advocacy effort led by hundreds of committed families with the support of local and national advocacy organizations.
“For too long,
Senate Bill 39 was sponsored by State Senator Clinton D. Harden (R-7) in the New Mexico State Senate. A similar bill, House Bill 155, was introduced by SState Representative Joni Marie Gutierrez (D-33).