Del. Law Requires Insurance Coverage for Autism

Gov. Markell expected to sign bill Monday

Monday, Aug 13, 2012  |  Updated 5:03 PM EDT
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A new law in Delaware requires that individual health insurance plans provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism disorders. NBC10's Dawn Timmeney spoke to the mother of an autistic child who says this bill will make it possible for families to treat the disorder.

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A new law in Delaware requires that individual health insurance plans provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism disorders. NBC10's Dawn Timmeney spoke to the mother of an autistic child who says this bill will make it possible for families to treat the disorder.

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A new law in Delaware requires that individual health insurance plans provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Legislation being signed by Gov. Jack Markell on Monday requires coverage and treatment of autism spectrum disorders in individuals under 21 years old.

Senate Bill 22 also prohibits insurers from terminating or refusing to renew coverage to an individual solely because the individual or a family member is diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum disorders or has received treatment for autism spectrum disorders.

"We are supportive of the Bill and will make sure that those people with Autism get the services that they need," said Delaware Healthcare Association CEO Wayne Smith.

Markell’s expected to sign the bill at an event at 3:30 p.m. Monday.


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