Illinois Governor Uses Power To Help Cover Autism Costs

July 15, 2008

Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois has put his power to use, and has re-written a House bill, requiring health insurance companies to cover the costs of autism..Washington (ChattahBox) – Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois has put his power to use, and has re-written a House bill, requiring health insurance companies to cover the costs of autism.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of every 150 kids in the U.S. suffer from the disease, which is tied to poor social interaction, behavior problems, etc.

In the state alone, Gov. Blagojevich has stated that there are over 25,000 kids suffering.

The new bill forces health insurance companies to cover the cost of autifm up to $36,000 a year for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, as well as the cost of psychiatric services, and speech therapy.

These costs will have to be paid until the child is 21-years old.

Autism advocates have welcomed the bill, while health insurance companies have opposed it.


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