SB 676: Autism Health Insurance Coverage

The Votes

Voting For:

SENATE: Terry Van Duyn (D), Tom Apodaca (R), Warren Daniel (R), Jim Davis (R), Ralph Hise (R), Dan Soucek, (R)

HOUSE: John Ager (D), Susan Fisher (D), Joe Sam Queen D), Brian Turner (D), Hugh Blackwell (R), Josh Dobson (R), Jonathan Jordan (R), Chuck McGrady (R), Michele Presnell (R), Roger West (R), Chris Whitmire (R)

Voting Against:

none

Not Voting:

HOUSE: Mike Hager (R) excused absence

Summary: SB 676 requires certain health insurance plans to cover screening, diagnosis and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders for children under 18, up to $40,000 per year. Plans exempted include those acquired through the Affordable Care Act with the essential health benefit package. These plans are subject to a federal requirement that states cover the costs of state-required benefits that exceed the essential health benefit package. After months of delay, the House and Senate agreed to a compromise version of Senate Bill 676 on the final full day of session. Click here for official bill history, bill text, and vote records.

Status: Introduced in the Senate, referred to Senate committee on insurance,  Re-ref to Health Care, Senate Re-ref to Insurance, Senate Com Substitute Adopted, Senate Re-ref Com On Health Care, referred to House committee on rules, calendars and operations of the house, House Re-ref Com On Insurance, House Serial Referral To Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House Added, House Re-ref Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House 09/29/2015  Ratified , Signed by Gov. McCrory 10/15/2015

WNC Legislators sponsoring the bill: 

  • Primary: Tom Apodaca (R)
  • Co-Sponsor: Senate-Ralph Hise (R), Terry Van Duyn (D)