Clinched by Lynch: Autism Insurance Reform

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As autism becomes more prevalent in the United States, parents become increasingly concerned about services for their children and how they will be able to find affordable treatment. Governor John Lynch is on the forefront of the autism battle by making sure the residents of New Hampshire are getting essential treatment for their special needs child.

Governor Lynch signed a bill that will take affect on January 1st, 2011. The bill will ensure that children in New Hampshire with all-encompassing developmental disorders will gain access to proven treatment. The new law requires that insurers cover behavioral, speech and occupational therapy along with already covered medications, and other health-related services.

Thanks to Governor Lynch, New Hampshire was the 22nd State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform Legislation. More specifically, this is known as House Bill 569, and also known as Connor’s Law.

Governor Lynch - New Hampshire

This is excellent news for the residents of New Hampshire. Many people across the US hope that their state will follow this example. In June, the State Assembly passed the New York Autism Insurance reform bill- a bill that requires private health insurance companies to cover the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Such treatment would include therapies prescribed by a doctor that are evidence-based and proven to be effective.

Dealing with autism diagnosis can be extremely hard for parents, but the challenge becomes even more difficult when they are unable to receive services. The passing of bills like these and others can mean a world of difference for parents and children, whose progress is greatly impacted by early intervention and therapy.

For more information on Governor Lynch and his involvement in autism please visit his official website at http://www.governor.nh.gov

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