On July 11, 2019, Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson signed legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 514 of 2019, to require commercial health insurance plans to cover an expanded range of therapies for children with developmental disabilities but not autism. The state already has an autism insurance mandate that requires health plans to cover the cost of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other habilitative therapies. However, this mandate did not benefit children other developmental disabilities. The expanded mandate increases access to habilitative therapies, such as speech, physical, or occupational therapy for children with disabilities but no diagnosis of autism. The provisions of . . .
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