NY lawmakers vote to mandate autism coverage
New York lawmakers approved legislation to require health insurance companies to provide coverage for screening, diagnosis and lifetime treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
Michael Giangregorio, of Merrick, says one of the most significant aspects of the autism insurance bill is that it does not put a cap on the amount treatments cost or the age of those covered. Giangregorio?s son, Nicholas, has autism, and his family has been lobbying for this bill for years.
State Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) is one of the bill?s sponsors. He says the legislation is long overdue.
Under the bill, which still needs to be signed by Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.), state health officials will identify minimum coverage options for treatment and therapy.
AP wire reports contributed to this article.