SALT LAKE CITY — Insurance companies may soon be forced to recognize autism spectrum disorders and treat them.
A bill that would do just that and help thousands of Utah children passed a major hurdle on Capitol Hill Friday.
“What we did in the compromise is identify that group of children who are most vulnerable who would be helped by this particular legislation,” said the bill’s sponsor, Senator Brian Shiozawa of Cottonwood Heights.
Autistic children between ages 2 and 9 would have insurance coverage under Senate Bill 57.
“It doesn’t serve all of the families that we originally wanted to,” said Christine Passey, Vice-President of the Utah Autism Coalition. “But as legislation goes, we work through the process as we go and this is an amazing step, this is an amazing bill, and it was great.”