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Autism insurance mandate gains

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to require insurance companies to cover screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism.

The bill had broad bipartisan support, including Sen. Neil Breslin, a Bethlehem Democrat who worked the draft the legislation as chairman of the insurance committee and Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, who has long drawn attention to the disorder.

The Autism Society of America backed a different bill that specified which treatments would be covered; the bill passed Wednesday says only that treatments must be clinically proven and evidence-based. There is not currently consensus in the medical field about the best treatments for autism.

via Autism insurance mandate gains — Page 1 — Times Union – Albany NY.

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