Ohio Extends Health Coverage For Autism Services
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"When we have the chance to do the right thing, we better do it because we don't want to live life with any regrets. We're doing the right thing today. Helping kids with autism get the services they need, and helping their parents get the financial lifeline of insurance coverage, that's something I support--for state employees and other families as well. With early intervention, kids with autism do better at school, find employment, and become more independent, connected adults in our communities," said Kasich. "I continue to be inspired by the courage of so many committed families who work and fight to give their kids the best possible chance at success. We're not going to turn our backs on them. In fact, we're extending them our hands and are going to bring them along."
Additionally, this action helps provide job-creators protection from the uncertainty of possible future federal interference in 2016 when all state health insurance coverage levels will be reviewed and possibly revised. It is widely expected that states with no minimum coverage levels for autism or other habilitative services would be prime targets for federal intervention.
* Autism affects verbal and non-verbal communication and social interactions, generally evident before age three, in a way that adversely affects a child's educational performance.
* Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in
* One in 88 children is diagnosed with autism, putting both financial and emotional pressure on
* Thirty-two other states currently guarantee the provision of autism services in health insurance.
* Research shows that early intervention helps make a significant and lifelong difference in the lives of children with autism by improving social, cognitive and communication skills, and by helping families develop the unique skills they need to raise their children.
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