Autism treatments are gaining acceptance throughout the country as necessary medical treatments. As of Jan. 1, 2013, insurance policies in the state of Alaska will be required to cover autism treatments., according to KTUU.com
Alaska is not the first state to propose such a requirement. Ohio Governor John Kasich announced a similar requirement in his state this past December. Ohio insurance plans must cover autism treatments including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Treatments for autism can cost thousands of dollars, with conventional insurance covering few treatments. Parents can spend a small fortune on services like speech therapy and occupational therapy. Insurance coverage for these types of treatments could mean that a significant financial burden would be lifted for parents in Alaska.
States like Alaska and Ohio are setting the standard by which the rest of the states can follow. Children with autism have the right to treatment, and parents should not have to worry that they cannot afford to help their children. The Alaska legislation is yet another step towards autism awareness and understanding throughout the country.