Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 2:41pm
Lawmakers approve Autism therapy bill
A new Delaware bill requiring health insurers to cover autism therapies unanimously cleared the House Wednesday.
Under Senate Bill 22, sponsored by Senator Liane Sorenson and Representative Quinn Johnson, behavioral, speech, physical and occupational therapies, as well as autism-related prescriptions would be covered by insurers.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates one in 88 children are affected by autism.
Professionals in some of these practices are in short supply in the state, and insurance coverage may draw in new blood.
The legislation is now headed to Governor Markell for his approval.
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