(March 24) – The House overwhelmingly passed a bill today to acknowledge that autism is real.

SB15-015, sponsored in the House by Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, repeals a provision in state law that specifies that autism is not treated as a mental illness for the purposes of health insurance coverage, lifting monetary caps on the services an insurance company is required to provide to a child with autism.

“The cost of caring for a loved one with an autism spectrum disorder can be staggering to a single family,” Rep. Primavera said. “This bill will lift the cap on services and provide kids with the treatment they need.”

The House agreed, voting 63-1, with Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, the lone “no.” The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously, now goes to Gov. John Hickenlooper for signature.

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