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New York passes bill to make insurers pay for autism care

Posted On Wed, June 23, 2010

Autism has become a growing problem in America, and the cost of care for autistic children can cripple some parents.

But New York state lawmakers recently passed a bill that will require insurance companies to cover several types of care related to autism, the New York Times reported. Insurers are now required to cover autism-related screenings, diagnoses and treatments, which should be a relief to parents whose children have disorders on the autism spectrum.

If New York Governor David Paterson signs the bill into law, New York will be the 22nd state to require that insurers cover autism-related treatments, the paper said. One advocacy group spokesman told the paper that the New York bill was more sweeping than those in most other states.

The downside is that the new bill will almost certainly raise health insurance premiums across the board, the report said. One expert told the paper that statewide premiums could be expected to rise about 2 percent.

According to BusinessWeek, the bill's opponents find the bill troubling because of how far-reaching it is. There are no limits on coverage regardless of age, annual or lifetime cap on what insurers would have to spend.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19854687-ADNFCR

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