Sen. Harden pleased with progress on autism bill

Santa Fe- Senator Clint Harden, R-District 7 is pleased so far on the process his legislation to address the health issue of autism is taking in the state legislature.

He said his bill SB 34 is being held over in Senate Public Affairs because he said Human Service Secretary Pam Hyde has agreed to work on a Medicaid waiver for autistic child services by using regulations in her department instead of needing legislation to bring about the change to help families affected by autism in New Mexico. “I am pleased to see that there is a willingness of the executive department and the legislature to work together for the sake of our kids with autism,” Senator Harden said today.

Senator Harden’s SB 39, Insurance Coverage for Autism, was passed in the Public Affairs Committee and heads to its next committee.

Senator Harden is sponsoring a coordinated package of legislation so the New Mexico legislature and the executive can address swiftly and effectively the health, education and developmental complications that result from the disorder. “I believe that these pieces of legislation are important first steps in developing an appropriate service delivery system for children with autism in New Mexico. As our children and grandchildren become adults, we must continue to create and fund programs to help them reach their full potential,” Senator Harden said.