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SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Report to Missouri legislature on insurance coverage for autism available

Monday, April 7, 2014 | 11:14 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIAMost government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what's going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public.

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The records: The third annual report to the Missouri General Assembly regarding insurance coverage for autism treatment is available. It discusses applied behavior analysis, coverage, treatment rates, claim payments and the like.

Why you'd want them: To find out what autism treatments are likely to be covered in Missouri, estimated costs of autism-related claims and where licensed behavior analysts are located. The records also help you map what has changed since Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1311 into law in 2010, which mandated insurance coverage for necessary treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Where to get them: Go to https://insurance.mo.gov/consumers/autismFAQ/documents/2014AutismReport.pdf.

Or, go to http://insurance.mo.gov/ and click on "Consumers" at the top of the screen. On the right-hand side under "Popular Consumer Topics," click on "Autism Insurance Resources." Then click on "Autism Report & ABA Limits" and scroll down and click on "2014 Autism Report."

How much will it cost: The information is free.


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