Governor Jay Nixon has signed a bill that requires insurers to cover children with autism disorders. Missouri is the 21St state to sign this bill. The formal procedure was done at St. John’s Mercy Medical Centre. About 1 out of 110 children in the U.S. are affected by autism.
The law aims to help the families who have been sacrificing their other expenses in order to pay for the therapies and medicare for autistic children.
According to this bill, the group insurance policies, which are covered by the State, should provide up to $ 40,000 a year to help in the spending on diagnosis and therapies for children with the disorder. This amount can be expanded, keeping in mind the economic fluctuations.
The bill focuses on the Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy. This therapy is very significant in the treatment of disorders related to autism. The term autism includes the neurological disorders, which trouble children in interacting with others. Because of this disorder, children also have different behavior and they have a problem in developing social skills.
One fourth of Missouri’s population will be covered by the bill, and parents who have been paying the bills for treatments will get the coverage of their expenses.