As declared by Gov. Nixon in a December 2009 press conference, this was supposed to be the year Missouri passed autism insurance reform. It seemed like the stars had aligned with support also announced by the Speaker of the House and continued previous support from senate leadership. The strongest bill yet in the three years of efforts was drafted after recommendations made by the specially appointed House committee.
It is always nice to know the governor is behind an initiative so that there is comfort in the fact that if the votes are favorable in the chambers, there is no question it will be signed into law. With only one week left for the House and Senate to come to an agreement on a bill, chances for reform may be small, but not impossible.
News article covering the December press conference