Jefferson City, Mo. - The
nation's largest advocacy group for autism has rewarded the Missouri Department
of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration for its
implementation of the state's new autism insurance law. The sixth annual Autism
Law Summit was sponsored by Autism Speaks, which presented the award to the
department for exceptional efforts on behalf of individuals with autism.
In 2010, Gov. Jay Nixon signed the law that requires health insurance
companies to cover applied behavior analysis therapy, the most effective known
treatment for children with autism. Under Gov. Nixon's leadership, DIFP has
continued to work with insurers, treatment providers, parents and other
stakeholders to ensure the new law serves its intended purposes.