Calif. state senator promotes autism-insurance bill

California state Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg is promoting a bill that would mandate health insurers cover applied behavioral analysis for children with autism. Insurers say the measure would drive up premiums by as much as $200 million, but advocates of the bill say it will save the state money over the long term by providing coverage for early intervention and therapy. If approved, the measure would take effect on July 1, 2012.

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