The hearing on AB 162 just ended after almost three hours of testimony, some of it very moving and emotional.
Valerie Clark stepped up to the table with other representatives of the insurance industry and the manufacturers. Their testimony really focused on the affect on small businesses that this bill would have. Once large employers, unions, and medicaid recipients are excluded (as this bill provides for), the cost of this bill would seem to fall only 30% of employers.
The committee took no action on the bill today and will work out some of the issues that were identified.
While most observers in the Legislative Building agree that some type of autism coverage bill will pass, the question is how broad and sweeping the final bill will be.
The Senate is STILL meeting in Committee of the Whole to take testimony on the 3% room tax increase. This bill sailed through the Assembly. The Senate seems to have a few more questions about it...