By Austin Baird
The Associated Press
6:41 PM AKDT, April 13, 2012
State Rep. Wes Keller still sees flaws in a bill that guarantees insurance coverage for treatment of autism, but the Wasilla Republican says he plans to let the proposal through his committee.
Keller, chairman of the House Health and Social Services Committee, says SB74 will move on Saturday morning. The bill requires private health insurance companies to cover top-notch treatment of autism for people they insure. Keller takes issue with the fact that the bill only applies to private companies, which makes up a small portion of the market.
The proposal cleared the Senate, 14-5, in February but has been stuck in Keller's committee since even with 29 cross sponsors in the House.
Keller says he now realizes his position on the matter leaves him in a "pretty severe minority."