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PacificSource Recommends Rasing Age Limit on SB555

I've been watching autism legislation bills come and go for years. This is the first time I have heard of an insurance company (northwest nonprofit) recommend making the bill better for people with autism. According to an email from Paul Terdal, "PacificSource insurance announced that they 'had been on the wrong side of this issue in the past' and proposed an alternate amendment that refined some of the details of the language, and raised the age limit on ABA from age 11 to age 18. The other insurance companies present (Regence, ODS) generally expressed interest in supporting PacificSource’s version."

If you look at PacificSource's website, you'll find that they offer insurance to individuals for a good price. Granted, only catastrophic insurance is cheap and it goes up from there, the group offers all sorts of options. In addition, PacificSource has a foundation that funds grants up to $5000 to serve your community.

Paul goes on to inform us of the next meeting:

Next step:

* Sen. Edwards will draft a new version of the amendments tomorrow morning.

* There will be another Senate Health Care Committee work session on Wednesday at 3:00 PM, and presumably the bill will be sent on to Ways and Means at that time.

Senate Health Care Committee Hearing – Wednesday, April 20th, 3:00 PM:

Date: Wednesday, April 20th
Time: 3:00 PM
Location:

Hearing Room A
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

Note that no public testimony will be taken – this will be a vote only. It will still be helpful to have a crowd in the audience to show our support as they cast this crucial vote.

As in our past hearings, wear something red so that we all stand out as being part of a group.