Sunday, October 23, 2011

Autism's Lifetime Cost $3.2 Million

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Diagnosing and treating autism and related disorders can cost tens of thousands of dollars a year, but a state law has forced private insurers to pay for medically necessary services.
Signed into law on July 9, 2008, the Autism Insurance Act requires certain private health insurance plans to cover the cost of diagnostic assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children and adolescents under 21, according to state Department of Public Welfare.
"Pennsylvania was one of the first to pass a comprehensive autism insurance act," said Nina Wall-Cote, director of DPW's Bureau of Autism Services. "Prior to this, many insurance companies had an autism exclusion."

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