I don't believe Senator Allen Christensen understands that the Insurance
Company will need to cover autism just like the insurance company covers cancer.
This is not a tax payer funded mandate. An individuals premiums cover the cost
of insurance. Perhaps Senator Christensen is confusing this with accepting
Medicaid. I'm not sure he has a grasp for the difference. In spite of some
Legislators uneducated understanding of this bill, I do hope enough law makers
have a grasp of how important this will be for many families and for society in
This is fantastic news! Kudos to Senator Shiozawa for courageously and
diplomatically leading this effort. Also, kudos to those senators who took the
time to become well versed in the data and study this issue fully. Data-driven
informed policy reflects well on Utah and this bill will save taxpayers millions
in special education and long term care costs alone while having a negligible
impact on claims costs (less than .2%). Let's hope the House follows suit
in supporting a well crafted, data driven and solution oriented approach to
providing effective medical treatment to Utah's growing population of
children with autism.
So grateful for the recognition of this desperate situation by many families.
The support means a great deal. I hope the house recognizes the great importance
of this bill and its potential to make a huge impact for all family members
affects by autism.
Thank you for passing this bill today, Senators! Thank you, Senator Shiozawa,
for supporting our kids by sponsoring this bill! I know our hearts have swelled
with gratitude this day! You are all heroes in the lives of our families!
Travelrus,As the Supreme Court has said, there is no difference
between mandated insurance and a tax. Insurance companies can't just print
free money, they have to collect it from somewhere. Senator Christensen is
correct that passing this bill is the same as requiring payments from taxpayers
-- even if they do appoint Insurance Companies to be the tax collectors. Did you know that Senator Christensen is a health care provider who has
treated many children with autism? I think he has a very firm grasp on the
differences between insurance and medicaid.