Legislators working for autism coverage without mandates

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  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Feb. 8, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    Thankfully the way autism spectrum disorders are defined and diagnosed by the healthcare industry is about to change.

    Under the new guidelines some 2/3 of persons who currently qualify as autistic will be excluded.

    Autism is the most overdiagnosed childhood illness of our time. As ADD/HD were in the 80's autism is now.

    Parents love it because their child gets special treatment.

    Schools love it because they get more money based upon the number of "special needs" students.

    Doctors love it because they get to charge big bucks for all the tests and drugs.

    In reality, most of the kids who qualify as "mildly autistic" are just fine. But we stick them with this label that they'll have for the rest of their lives and somehow think that makes things better.

  • Missmagic OREM, UT
    Feb. 8, 2012 6:53 a.m.

    What I don't understand is why our Republican legislature is creating another government program instead of having the private insurance companies take care of it. These kids need help especially if families are losing their homes, but not from an expensive government program! That's hypocritical to me...

  • Okaythen Kearns, UT
    Feb. 7, 2012 11:09 p.m.

    I can't help but wonder why our mandate-averse legislature seems to bring up this autism mandate (in one form or other) every year. It seems hypocritical.