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Mandating Coverage For Kids

October 14th, 2008 by flanews

Florida lawmakers are meeting with insurance executives and health experts to come up with a plan to provide healthcare coverage to children with developmental disabilities. This spring the state mandated coverage for children with autism and challenged insurance companies to find ways to cover other disorders. State Representative Andy Gardiner says the goal is to offer parents better options.

A child with a disability, whether its autism or a related disability, its a very difficult time on a family and sometimes it can be overwhelming. What we have to do, I believe, as a state is to say here are all your options. Youre going through a difficult time. Were going to try to work with you. The insurance companies are going to work with you to help you get your child to the point to the point were they are a productive citizen for the state of Florida, said Gardiner.

Lawmakers will meet once a month to fine tune their plan for next years legislative session.

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