4:10 pm
Wed August 12, 2009

Representative Calls for Autism Coverage

Louisville, KY – A Kentucky state representative wants to require insurance companies to provide additional benefits for families with autistic children. Representative Scott Brinkman says he will introduce legislation to that effect in next session of the General Assembly.

"The whole goal is to try to help these children maximize their skills so that as they age out of the school system and become adults, the supports they need are less pronounced and they're more self-sufficient."

The legislation would mandate the additional coverage and Brinkman estimates it wouldn't raise anyone's rates by more than one or two dollars. Brinkman made his comments after a Louisville Forum meeting on autism.