|Toledo Blade: Editorial|
Covering autism: Gov. Kasich acted properly in moving to close a troubling gap in Ohio's mental-health care and insurance coverage
Children with autism can lead healthy and productive lives, with proper treatment and early intervention. But thousands of Ohio families can't get either, because insurers don't offer adequate coverage.
This month, Gov. John Kasich took a big step toward remedying the problem, when he announced that Ohio will require health-insurance plans to cover autism services for children by 2014. The new policy directive will make such services available to state employees and their 40,000 covered children, after approval by five state employee unions.
Autism services also will be included in Ohio's "essential health benefit" package, which federal law requires in every state starting in 2014. The package outlines minimum coverage that insurers must provide.
Marietta Times: News
Autism services now covered by insurance in Ohio
Requiring many health insurance plans to cover autism services will provide relief to families trying to make sure their children get the treatment they need, the head of a local autism group said.