Autism Coverage Bill Moves Through Kansas House

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Legislators are making progress on a measure that would mandate that insurance companies provide health coverage and treatment for Kansas children diagnosed with autism.

The issue has been the topic of debate in the Statehouse for several sessions and is moving closer to reality. Coverage would help families cope with the cost of providing treatment for autistic children.

The House voted 114-3 on Friday to send the bill to the Senate where its passage was uncertain.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( ) that during debate on the House floor that supporters argued the autism mandate was needed to bring Kansas in line with other states.

As advanced by the House, the measure would set requirements for the number of hours autistic children would receive services, as well as age limits.

Posted by: Nick Viviani