|Intro:||A proposal that would amend autism care to include welfare stopped the Senate in their tracks.|
St. Louis County Democratic Senator Joan Bray announced an amendment in response to a bill that would require insurance plans to cover children with autism spectrum disorders up to $72,000.
Bray voiced concern for those left out of the original bill.
|Description: "I'm appalled that we would not ensure that the children of the working poor families in Missouri get this. And what is your problem with those children getting the same opportunity that your children."|
There is not a fiscal note for the amendment at this time, but it is expected to be costly.
The bill and amendment were moved to the informal calendar until further review.
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Alexandra Smoldt.
|Intro:||For the second year in a row, the Missouri Senate stalled discussion of care for children with autism.|
Wrap: The Missouri Senate discussed a bill that would require insurance plans to cover autism care in Missouri up to $72,000.
Bill sponsor St.Charles Republican Senator Scott Rupp says there is a need for comprehensive autism care.
|Description: "Currently, out of all the neuro-biological disorders, of which autism is, the top ten are all covered by insurance except autism."|
The Missouri House is also currently working on an autism coverage bill.
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Alexandra Smoldt