North Carolina businesses and organizations that serve the autism community publicly stated their support today for Senate Bill 676, legislation to bring autism insurance coverage to the state. The bill, “Autism Health Insurance Coverage,” was introduced in the N.C. Senate on March 26 by Sens. Tom Apodaca and Joyce Krawiec, with 10 co-sponsors.
A group of North Carolina practitioners, family advocates, and payers worked together to propose a legislative solution for North Carolina to provide insurance coverage that would improve the lives of many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. The bill, SB676, embraces many of the concepts developed by this North Carolina coalition.
“Senator Apodaca’s leadership in introducing Senate Bill 676 is an important step to help the growing number of families affected by autism in our state,” said Tracey Sheriff, CEO of the Autism Society of North Carolina. “Our organization, numerous families, and many partners have worked to make autism insurance a reality in North Carolina for many years, and we are excited to see progress.”