NJ bill requires autism treatment coverage

May 18, 2009 8:09:01 AM PDT
New Jersey lawmakers on Monday will discuss a bill that would force state-chartered health care providers to cover certain autism treatments. The treatments include physical, speech and occupational therapy. The measure would also include behavioral intervention, which advocates say is more expensive than the other three.

Autism New Jersey clinical director Suzanne Buchanan says one example of that treatment is teaching an autistic child how to make a sandwich. Each step is taught individually and paired with some kind of reward.

Parents of autistic children and other advocates are expected to testify before the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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