2010-07-02 / Community

Titus Advocates Autism Care

Assemblywoman Michele R. Titus understands that there has been a steady increase in the diagnosis of autism, a general term used to describe a group of complex brain disorders.

“The Assembly recently passed legislation I sponsored requiring accident and health insurance policies to provide lifetime coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder,” said Titus. Children with ASD have difficulties with social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and engage in repetitive behaviors or interests. Each of these symptoms varies from mild to severe. Although opinions vary on the best treatment for children with ASD, most professionals agree that early intervention can lead to significantly improved outcomes. The Assembly’s legislation also addresses concerns related to the availability of health insurance for autism, including about which types of medical care are appropriate and safe for the treatment of ASD. Under the legislation, the commissioner of health, is directed to identify minimum coverage levels that are evidence based, peer-reviewed and clinically proven treatment and therapy options.

“The cost of caring for a child with unique health care needs can be staggering. We cannot stand idly by and allow parents to navigate this challenging disorder alone. With this legislation in place, parents can be certain their autistic child will have the coverage they need to treat this serious developmental disorder,” said Titus.

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