Bill aims to require insurance coverage for autism therapy



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(KSL News) A group of lawmakers wants to pass a law that would provide mandatory therapy treatment for kids with autism.

Senate Bill 43, or Clay's Law, is named after Clay Whiffen, a boy who developed autism as a toddler. Clay's parents credit a special therapy program for helping their son overcome a violent temper and fear of speech.

Bill aims to require insurance coverage for autism therapy

But the therapy is expensive, and currently not covered by many insurance providers. "Autism coverage is a must have. It's an issue of equity and fairness for these children," said Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Salt Lake.

If passed, Clay's Law would require coverage of up to $50,000 a year for children under 9.

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