Gov. Cuomo signs autism-treatment insurance bill

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y) today signed a new law requiring insurance companies to offer more help to children and families dealing with autism.Under the new

WOODBURY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y) today signed a new law requiring insurance companies to offer more help to children and families dealing with autism.

Under the new law, insurers will be required to provide coverage for a wide range of treatments of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

In the past, insurance companies could deny coverage for treatments that were not deemed medically necessary.

State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) sponsored the bill that was signed into law today. He's worked closely with families, autism groups and insurance companies to come up with a $45,000 cap for coverage per person per year.

"It's a wonderful, wonderful day for families that live with autism," says Alison Giangregorio, whose 10-year-old son was diagnosed with the condition when he was a toddler.

Giangregorio says autism treatments that had cost her thousands of dollars have made all the difference for her son.

The law takes effect one year from today. It will affect insurance policies issued or renewed after that date.

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say James Burke, 76, veered off the 1 Police: Medical event led to fatal crash in Huntington Station
Empire State Development Corp. canceled its 4-year-old request 2 Plans for Belmont Park soccer stadium nixed by state
Angela Conte-Gentille says she remembers growing up in 3 Facebook post fuels push for East Meadow Ave. decorations
The Freedom Chapel and the Teen Challenge Outreach 4 Kids in need get toys, joy at Amityville event
A new report from an environmental research group 5 Report: Rising sea levels could threaten thousands of LI homes

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Need help this holiday season? We've got you Holiday Help Series

Need a gift idea? Perhaps you need a fun idea to do with the kids?

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE