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Autism Legislation Provides for Insurance Coverage

May 20th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

One in 150 children is born with autism, and boys are more prone than girls. Kimberly Hill of Tallahassee is the mother of two autistic children. She and her husband have spent more than a hundred thousand dollars of their own money seeking therapy. Kimberly says hearing the words diagnosis and your childs name in the same sentence can be mind shaking.

Everything youve ever wanted for your kid is not as you know it,” Hill said. “You wonder if theyre actually going to get to go to school. If theyre ever going to speak. If youre ever going to hear them say mom or I love you. If you will ever have grandchildren for them; what goes on in life. To find out that there is no help out there.

Legislation signed by the Governor is expected to begin providing limited coverage for autism therapy by the end of the year. Some have complained the coverage does not go far enough, or cover enough therapy choices, but the governor calls the step taken today the beginning.

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