Mandate to require insurance coverage of autism treatment hits Utah Legislature, inspires families

Published: Thursday, Feb. 7 2013 8:00 p.m. MST

"I'm blessed because I see so many others who are so much worse off," Crosby said. "Mine can get up and walk. There are some who are in wheelchairs or fed through a tube."

Shane, she said, has mastered dressing himself, but she still has to remind him to bathe or brush his teeth. He was high-functioning until he started to have other medical problems.

Cameron communicates much like a 5-year-old and loves to be around people. Crosby does what she can to accommodate her sons' different abilities and preferences, amid issues that are out of her control at the moment.

"I've often wished insurance companies were easier to deal with, but I try to have a positive attitude because I've been on the other end, when you wonder why everything happens to you, and that's a terrible way to live," she said.

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