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Bills requiring insurers to cover autism treatment delayed

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By Walker Moskop / The Tennessean

Bills moving through the state legislature that would mandate insurers in Tennessee provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of Autism disorders have been delayed in their respective subcommittees for one week so legislators can receive further input from business and insurance groups.

State representative Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland), the sponsor of the House Version of the bill, said representatives from business, insurance groups and TennCare "wanted to be at the table, so I gave them more time."

HB 1265 will be brought again before the House insurance and banking subcommittee on March 20.

Thirty-one other states provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism spectrum disorders.

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