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File Number: 080283
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File Number: 080283 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-247-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: COVERAGE FOR TREATMENTS FOR AUTISM Introduced: 1/29/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/4/2008
Agenda Date: 3/4/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A10
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS LEGISLATION REQUIRING COVERAGE FOR TREATMENTS FOR AUTISM UNDER HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/4/2008 11A10 Adopted P

Budget and Finance Committee 2/12/2008 2H Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Sosa that this proposed resolution be forwarded to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Gimenez. Commissioners Souto, Gimenez, Diaz, Sosa, and Chairman Martinez asked that they be listed as co-sponsors. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 1/29/2008 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 2/12/2008

County Attorney 1/29/2008 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PASS LEGISLATION REQUIRING COVERAGE FOR TREATMENTS FOR AUTISM UNDER HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES

BODY
WHEREAS, autism is a brain-development disorder that impedes normal social and communication skills; and
WHEREAS, the Autism Society of America estimates that autism occurs in 1 of 250 births; and
WHEREAS, the signs of autism usually appear in the form of developmental delays before a child turns 3 years old; and
WHEREAS, there is a broad spectrum of autism patients, and in severe cases or without early treatment, autistic children run the risk spending their adult lives institutionalized; and
WHEREAS, many insurance carriers specifically exclude autism spectrum disorder from being covered for speech, language and occupational therapy, even though the defining symptoms of autism are neurologically-based communication, movement, and sensory integration problems; and
WHEREAS, 17 states have insurance laws relating autism, including 10 states that require coverage for autism through laws mandating coverage for mental illness, and six states that have specific laws regarding insurance coverage specifically for autism, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New York and Tennessee; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to pass legislation requiring coverage for treatments for autism under health insurance policies.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of the resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation and Senator Steve Geller.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the issue identified in section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2008 state legislative package.



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