Autism advocacy group seeks coverage of education expenses

09/19/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The advocacy group Autism Speaks is campaigning in 20 states for legislation that would require health insurers to pay for some of the educational treatments health care providers say give children with autism the best chance to cope with and overcome their disabilities. Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and Pennsylvania already have passed such laws. Dr. Marylou Buyse, president of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, says insurers should not be drawn into covering educational expenses and that doing so would "drive up costs for everyone."

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