Autism advocates refer to it as their Christmas miracle – the day Gov. John Kasich announced he would sign an executive order mandating insurance coverage for autism services. Kasich gathered with supporters Wednesday to celebrate with a ceremonial signing of the new directive.
Opponents of the new policy argue the mandate will increase insurance premium costs for business owners and the Tea Party sponsors of Ohio’s 2011 Health Care Freedom Amendment now say the new mandate also violates the Ohio Constitution.
For many parents, the autism diagnosis can provide some relief after months, or even years, of not knowing what was wrong. Then they're confronted with the reality that their insurance does not cover the expensive but necessary treatments.