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New York autism mandate follows national trend

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  • November 07 2011, 10:45am EST

New York insurance companies that were not covering the screening, diagnosis and treatment for autism spectrum disorders will now be mandated to do so effective Nov. 1, 2012.

New York is the 29th state to pass some version of Ryan's Law, a bill that started in South Carolina in 2005 after Lorri Unumb, who was at the time a law professor at the Charleston School of Law and a mother of a two-year-old autistic son, decided to write a bill that would mandate insurance companies provide up to $50,000 in behavioral therapy annually for children up to age 16. The New York bill puts an annual cap of $45,000 on coverage.

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