HOUSE BILL 1658- February 6th, 2018
On Tuesday, DSAGSL Executive Directer Erin Suelmann, traveled to Jefferson City with Advocacy Committee member and parent, Pat Alster, to testify in support of House Bill No. 1658, introduced by Rep. Chuck Basye.
If passed, this bill will expand insurance coverage for vital therapies to any child with a physical or developmental disability in Missouri. Health insurance providers would not be able to deny coverage for therapies designated necessary by a health provider. These therapies will include, but are not limited to, therapeutic care, habilitative or rehabilitative care, and applied behavior analysis. You can read the entire bill and track its progress on the Missouri House Website.
Erin stated, “This would be a huge win for the Down syndrome community. All of our children benefit from early intervention and therapies throughout their early years, but many can not access the number of hours that is necessary due to lack of insurance coverage and high costs. The expansion of coverage for speech and behavioral therapies would be a game changer for our community.”
Other issues we are currently tracking involve changes to guardianship, inclusive employment, and of course, the Missouri state budget.
The DSAGSL is expanding our legislative advocacy efforts, and would love to have you involved. To join our monthly Advocacy Committee call, contact Erin@dsagsl.org
If you are a Self-Advocate that would like to learn more about current legislation and advocacy, there will be an Steps to Independence Advocacy Class on Tuesday, March 6th from 9am-1pm at the DSAGSL office. Lunch is provided!
You are also welcome to join us in Jefferson City on March 13th for Disability Rights Legislative Day!
Please e-mail Andi@dsagsl.org if you’d like to RSVP for the class, and/or if you’d like to go attend Disability Rights Legislative Day in Jefferson City, MO.