Autism Bill Passes Senate, On to House

Families of children with autism got some good news Friday afternoon:  A bill forcing insurers to cover the diagnosing and treatment of the disorder in young children passed the Connecticut Senate.

The vote was unanimous and the bill is now headed to the House.

There are tens of thousands of Connecticut children this bill is expected to effect.

It can cost thousands of dollars to diagnose a child with autism, and much more for treatment.

Supporters of the legislation say it is unfair for families to pay insurance premiums, yet be denied coverage for autism.

At least 10 other states have enacted similar legislation.

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