Friday, August 14, 2009

Gov. Corzine signs bill expanding coverage for autism, developmental disability therapies

N.J. Governor Jon Corzine signed a bill "requiring insurance companies to cover the screening and therapeutic treatment for children up to age 21 who are diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities."

"There is no justification, no rationalization, that makes it possible to turn our backs on people who have so much love in their hearts for their children,'' Corzine told a packed room of teary-eyed families, lawmakers and hospitals officials at the PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. via

The bill also makes financial sense, says Joseph Roberts (D-Camden) since many toddlers are able to "bypass some special education programs" with such services.

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