Thursday, August 13, 2009

N.J. Expands Coverage for Autism, Developmental Disability Therapies

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- New Jersey became the 15th state Thursay to enact a law requiring insurance companies to cover the screening and therapeutic treatment for children up to age 21 who are diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities.
The legislation overcame the opposition of business associations and insurance companies, who've predicted the measure will make health coverage unaffordable. Insurers have denied coverage for speech, occupational, physical and behavioral therapies because they deemed it "educational," not medical in nature, or because the therapy would not restore a child's ability to speak if the child never could speak at all.

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