New York Law Authorizes Insurance Care for Autism

A new bill was passed in New York this November mandating that health insurers must provide coverage for the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The law, set to be effective November 1, 2012, hopes to save tens of thousands of dollars in expenses for families with autistic children and to assist the 30,000 kids in the state with autism. Some New York health insurers project that the plan will be very costly, pricing out some employers and families from the health insurance market altogether. Conversely, the advocacy group Autism Speaks believes this bill may be able to save taxpayers $13 million dollars over six years through reduced costs for Medicaid and the costs of special education programs for autistic children.