Valencia Wicker reports at WBNC-TV in Columbus, Ohio:
Proposed legislation in the Ohio House could make Autism diagnoses cheaper for families to treat with specialized therapy.
Ohio is one of a few states in America that do not mandate full Autism insurance coverage for private companies. Because of that, many families are left trying to figure out how to pay thousands of dollars in treatment.
House Bill 350 could be a way for legislators to fill the void.
Under current law, only state employees are mandated to receive full autism coverage, inclusive of Applied Behavioral Analysis, also known as ABA therapy. Private companies, on the other hand, have the right to choose whether or not to offer the coverage.
HB 350 would make that coverage mandatory for all companies in the state...House lawmakers hope to vote and approve the bill next week during Autism Awareness Month.