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 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.

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