Lawmakers in both the Missouri House and Senate have pre-filed bills that would expand health coverage for children living with developmental disabilities.
The bills – HB 399 in the House and SB 45 in the Senate – would make it so children living with conditions such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy would be covered under health plans in Missouri. Currently, Missouri requires health plans to cover those inside the Autism spectrum.
This makes it so only about 50 percent of individuals living with developmental disabilities have coverage for needed therapy and other services, Mo Disabilities Empowerment president Robyn Schlep told the Missouri Times.
State Rep. Chuck Bayse, R-Rocheport filed the bill in the House, while Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, filed it in the Senate. Bayse has filed similar bills in the House for three years in a row. Last year, the bill was heard by the House Committee on Insurance Policy, but did not make it to the floor.