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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