Autism Bill on the Fast Track in General Assembly

By: Amanda Crawford Email
By: Amanda Crawford Email

The General Assembly votes today on a bill that could mean better insurance for children with autism.

The law passed last year, but got held up behind state rules. Today's vote will be final passage.

The legislation means that parents do not have to pay out of pocket for early treatment of autism.

Now, doctors can diagnose autism early on, so toddlers and young children can be treated.

Right now, insurance companies do not cover that treatment, and it can cost up to 100 dollars an hour.

Karen McCormick's son was diagnosed with autism when he was 15 months old. She and her husband paid for his early treatment. She says it nearly drained her bank account.

"This is going to be a huge relief for families with small children. They have a lot to deal with, the diagnosis and emotional burdens. They shouldn't have to worry about how to pay for therapy," she says.

McCormick's son is six years old now, and doing well in elementary school.

Delegate Dickie Bell says the bill is on the fast track.


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