Friday, March 6, 2009

Missouri Lawmakers Seek to Mandate Autism Coverage

What are parents who have a child with autism supposed to do? The Associated Press reports that Tom and Jenny Whitty have cashed out their children's college funds, maxed out several credit cards and taken out a second mortgage on their house — all to pay for therapy for their two autistic children. They are running out of money. And their private insurance won't cover the autism treatments.

In the past two years, six states — Texas, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, South Carolina and Louisiana — passed laws requiring coverage of behavior therapy for autism, which can cost up to $50,000 a year per child.

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