New Legislation in Rhode Island Requires all Insurers to cover screenings, diagnosis and treatment of all Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
As of June, 2011, Rhode Island joined the 26 other states that require insurance companies to cover autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, screenings and treatment. The insurance for autism covers the child up to his/her 15th birthday up to $32,000/year. The law is intended to help people cover the costs associated with intensive early detection therapies that arguably can reduce the severity of the child’s autism.
This past Thursday, August 11th, 2011, Governor Chafee ceremoniously signed the bill into effect even though it was officially signed back in June.
Governor Chafee Signs the Bill
26 27 States that Require Insurers to Cover Autism Spectrum Disorders
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin