|By Wayne Allen, The Community Common, Portsmouth, Ohio|
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According to released from Kasich's communication department, "the general assembly has been debating legislation that would make autism services a mandated benefit in
"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," Kasich said in a released statement. "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 and success. We're not going to turn out backs on them. In fact, we're extending them our hands and are going to bring them along."
Both national and local autism groups have come out in favor of this change.
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He said in those cases the necessary hospital visits and bills are paid for by the parents.
According to the national group Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization praised Kasich for the change.
"Autism is a national public health crisis, and providing access to meaningful health insurance coverage for the treatment of autism is a fiscal and moral imperative," said
According to information released by Autism Speaks, "
According to the Ohio News Connection, 32 other states have enacted similar legislation including
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