Thursday, June 26, 2008

Autism Bill Sees Movement in Harrisburg

A House bill that would mandate health insurance companies to cover up to $36,000 worth of care and treatment for people diagnosed with autism is moving in the state Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, and could be on the Senate floor as soon as Monday for a final vote.

Currently, insurance companies routinely deny coverage to those with autism by classifying their disability as a mental health disorder, rather than a neurological disease. The costs for treatment are then shifted to the state Department of Public Welfare. If House Bill 1150 is approved, the Governor's budget office estimates the state will save around $85 million a year.

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