Iowa families, that have children with Autism, faced another set back this week.

Legislators in the House elected to not push forward a bill that would provide insurance coverage for Autism treatment.

State employees were given coverage back in 2010.

An expanded bill passed the Senate on a 43 to 7 vote, but failed to make it through a House committee.

Parent advocates, like Josh Cobbs, as well as others, have been working on this issue for about 10 years.

“My guy was a shade over five and he turned 16 on Monday,” said Cobbs. “So it’s been a long haul. “

The proposed bill, which would have provided coverage for those 21 and under with Autism, passed with bi-partisan support in the Senate.

“Unfortunately, there was a lot of push back from the insurance industry, the house republicans chose not to move that bill forward out of the house commerce committee,” said Iowa Representative, Chris Hall. “I think it really short changes a lot of families.”

Iowa is behind 42 other states in insurance coverage for Autism treatment.

The Pier Center for Autism is the only autism therapy center in Sioux City.

However, due to insurance coverage issues, Clinical Director, Sean Peterson says, they are limited in who qualifies for treatment.

“Without funding, we’re not likely to continue to grow service availability here in Iowa,” said Peterson.”We’re doing what we can here as the pier center, but we’re limited in what kids we can see based on their not having insurance coverage.”

Treatment plans vary per individual and can range between $30,000 to $45,000 a year.

Advocates of the bill say it was a fiscally conservative proposal and would have saved the state millions.

“Insurance coverage would allow those families to have quite a burden lifted off of them, financially, said Peterson. “But also in terms of actually getting those services to the level that their children need.”

Although this is an issue that has many families frustrated, Cobbs says they will not give up the fight.

“We will not stop until all Iowa families have access to care,” said Cobbs. “It’s really time to do the right thing for Iowa families.”