State laws for autism coverage are uneven across U.S.

State laws for autism coverage are uneven across U.S.

By Laura Geggel

States with the weakest infrastructure for diagnosing children with autism often lack laws requiring compensation for treatment costs, finds an analysis published 30 April in the journal Autism.

Only 37 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia mandate that private insurers cover behavioral therapies for children with autism. Behavioral interventions can help children with autism build basic skills and may reduce costs for their care in adulthood. But treatment costs range from $10,000 to $100,000 a year, making insurance companies reluctant to pay for it. In some states, mandates settle this problem. Continue reading

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