HB 22 Introduced: 12/2012 Sponsor: Rep. Smith and Sen. O’Neil Status: Signed into law 4/2013 Summary: This bill changed state law so that autism coverage is now available for public employees. The sections of the law about autism coverage are summarized at the bottom of this page.
SB 39 Introduced: 1/2009 Sponsor: Sen. Harden Status: Signed into Law Summary: This bill added the sections of the state insurance law about autism coverage. These sections of the law are summarized at the bottom of the page.
New Mexico Parity Law
There are multiple sections in New Mexico law that are relevant to parity and autism coverage.
Please be aware that it is not possible to provide direct links to any of the following sections of the law. To find these sections, go to this link and click on the plus sign next to the folder in the upper left side of the screen that says “statutes, rules, const.” Then click on the plus sign next to the folder that says NMSA (unannotated). Then, underneath chapter 24, click on the plus sign next to the “more” folder. Then, click on “Chapter 59A Insurance Code.”
To find all of the sections listed below, click on the appropriate article once you are on the “Chapter 59A” page and then the appropriate section on the article pages. For example, to find the mental health parity section, click on article “23E Health Insurance Portability”, and then click on section “59A-23E-18 Requirements for Mental Health Benefits…”
Autism spectrum disorder is defined as anything in the DSM including autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, Rett’s disorder, and childhood disintegrative disorder.
Treatment of autism spectrum disorder is defined as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and applied behavioral analysis .
Plans do not have to cover any services in Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). Plans are not exempted from Part C, however. Part B is for individuals age 3 through age 21. Part C is for children at birth through age 2.
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