Autism Insurance Bill Turns Divisive
In an unusual twist, some parents are asking the New York governor to veto an autism insurance bill backed by Autism Speaks because they believe it does not go far enough.
Under legislation approved recently by New York’s legislature, health insurers would be required to cover autism therapies that are “evidence-based and clinically proven.” That’s a problem for some parents. Since autism research is relatively new, few therapies are specifically approved for the treatment of autism, but rather they treat symptoms of the disorder.
Calling the bill an “empty mandate,” some parents say commonly used speech and occupational therapy might not be covered by insurers because they are not deemed autism treatments.
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Officials with Autism Speaks say the language in the New York bill is similar to provisions of other laws already in place in 23 states and will represent a gain for families.
The legislation is not yet at Gov. David Paterson’s desk, but once it is, he will have 10 days to sign or veto the measure, reports The (White Plains, N.Y.) Journal News. To read more click here.