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Published: Friday, Jan. 20 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Providence, UT

This is a step that many states have taken for long term savings on healthcare spending, for a disorder that affects 1 in 77 children in Utah. I've worked over three years as a behavioral therapist working with children with autism. We currently have ten students but have a waiting list several times that. Early as possible intervention is key with autism, and this reform will do a lot to help out the autism community in a big way.


A cute story starts with lego bricks and I read on patiently and learn that a politician is trying to enforce more insurance on us.

Nothing is stopping medical insurance companies offering insuramce for autism, nothing is stopping people from buying such insurance, nothing is stopping people from giving generously to this as well as other causes.

The biggest problem is the loss of integrity, character and freedom in what is now routinely dubbed "the greatest country the world has ever known". We stand for nothing if we do not stand for freedom and character. Failing that no amount of laws will compensate or save us from ourselves.

Mchenry, IL

Insurance wouldn't offer coverage for breast reconstruction after cancer if not required by law. Insurance wouldn't cover for mammograms, infertility diagnosis, the list goes on and on. Nothing stopping insurance companies for providing? Nothing stopping people from buying insurance where it is covered? It's not available. Doesn't count toward out of pocket as its not covered. Just like reconstruction after breast cancer, they cover it when required by law. You think the insurance company is the best to decide what is medically necessary? It's a for profit business.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is long overdue, mental health been on the back burner for a long time. These children will eventually end up care of the state either in the medicaid system, special education, or even the prison system. We need to address this as an investment in our children.

When my autistic son goes for a mental health appointment, the copay is $96, regular doctor copay is $25. What gives? Simple parity is not asking to much!

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