Montesano-Sponsored Autism Legislation Signed Into Law

Insurance now required to cover Autism diagnosis and treatment
November 2, 2011

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) is pleased to announce the signing of Assembly bill 6305A, which now requires insurance companies in New York state to cover screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. As a multi-sponsor of the legislation, which was passed by the Assembly back in June, Assemblyman Montesano has been championing for the autism community since taking office in February of 2010.

“When a family receives the news that their child may be autistic, the worry begins immediately,” said Montesano. “This legislation ensures that the family’s insurance company will help cover the large medical costs associated with the initial testing, further diagnosis and treatment of autism. I am honored to have given my full support of this legislation, and help the community of family and friends who are affected by autism.”

This law now brings New York in line with 23 other states in requiring insurance coverage for conditions relating to autism spectrum disorder. Assemblyman Montesano also introduced Assembly bill 139, which provides a tax credit to parents to help cover expenses incurred as a result of the child being treated for autism, and Assembly bill 275, which creates the Teacher Training Initiative Fund for autism to support research in finding the best techniques and practices for teaching children with autism. For more information on this legislation, or any other state matter, constituents can reach Assemblyman Montesano at his district office in Hicksville at 516-937-3571, or follow him on Facebook at