Guam senators OK 2 bills addressing needs of autism community


Guam senators on Monday capped the Autism Awareness Month with the passage of two bills seeking to address the health care needs of children and young adults with autism on Guam.

One bill seeks to expand the health insurance coverage for you people with autism, and another appropriates $150,000 to the Guam Autism Center. Both bills were authored by Sen. Therese Terlaje.

Bill 66-35 would increase health insurance coverage “to a maximum benefit per year of $75,000 for an eligible person up to the age of 15 and a maximum benefit of $25,000 per year for an eligible person who is between the ages of 16 and 21.”

Current insurance mandates under Hunter’s Law allows a maximum benefit of $50,000 per year for an eligible person only up to the age of 9, and limits the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder to a $25,000 maximum benefit per year for an eligible person who is between the ages of 9 and 21.

“Although it was a great start and critical to bringing ABA therapy to Guam, the present dollar cap and age restrictions severely limit access to much needed care resulting in sub-optimal treatment and slower, less desirable progress,” stated Dr. Vincent Duenas of the Hunter Speaks