More than half of U.S. states require insurers to cover treatment for autism, but some provisions in the new federal health care law have sparked concerns that those victories could be short-lived. The law gives the federal government the right to stipulate what benefits will be offered. Anything not included would fall to cash-strapped states, which would have to decide how to pay for the treatment. While it's unclear how the federal government will determine essential benefits when the provisions go into effect in 2014, a lobbyist for Autism Speaks said the group is confident autism will be included.

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