CHICAGO – In Washington state, Reza and Arzu Forough pay more than $1,000 a week for behavior therapy for their 12-year-old autistic son.
In Indiana, Sean and Michele Trivedi get the same type of therapy for their 11-year-old daughter. But they pay $3,000 a year and their health insurance covers the rest.
Two families. Two states. Big difference in out-of-pocket costs.
Ifadvocates get their way, more states will follow Indiana's lead by requiring to cover intensive and costly behavior therapy for autism.
In the past two years, six states — Texas, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana — passed laws requiring such coverage, costing in some cases up to $50,000 a year per child.
The powerful advocacy group New York, California and Ohio.has endorsed bills in New Jersey, Virginia and Michigan and is targeting at least 10 more states in 2009, including
Other states, including Illinois, have similar bills in the works but aren't working directly with Autism Speaks.
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