The Madeleine Brand Show for October 10, 2011

California mandates autism coverage

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Autistic children will now receive treatment related to the disease as part of their medical insurance.

On Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring health insurance companies to treat autism as a disease and pay for treatment. The bill will take effect starting in July 2012. Before the law, insurers could deny coverage because treatment was classified as an education service. Gov. Brown signed the law despite concerns about the bill's cost. The law is scheduled to end on July 1, 2014, when the federal Affordable Care law begins.


James Mulick, professor and psychologist at Ohio State University who has studied the newly covered treatment called Applied Behavior Analysis.

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