Raia Bill To Cover Autism Treatment Signed Into Law

November 1, 2011

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C – East Northport) today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signing of historic autism-coverage legislation into law. The measure, co-sponsored by Raia, would require healthcare providers to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

“Before the introduction of this new law, families had to make life-altering financial decisions in order to pay for autism care,” said Raia. “My co-sponsored legislation can help families on Long Island and across our state by expanding coverage to include ASD. Now families will be able to help their loved ones obtain the proper care they deserve without worrying about exorbitant out-of-pocket costs.”

Previously, the state law only required that insurance companies could not exclude coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. However, many health insurers provided limited coverage for ASD, excluding certain treatments and leaving many autism patients without insurance.

“Thanks to this legislation, health insurance companies will no longer arbitrarily suspend treatment or bar an individual’s coverage,” said Raia. “Families now will have the opportunity to choose what care will be best for their loved ones. Today, a measure of decency and fairness has arrived for New Yorkers struggling with autism.”