Insurance coverage to review autism treatment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island lawmakers are looking for ways to improve a new state law requiring insurers to cover autism treatments.
      A panel of House lawmakers plans to discuss the law and examine possible changes to it Monday at the Statehouse.
      The General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year requiring insurers to cover screening, diagnosis and therapies for autism spectrum disorders. Families with children on the autism spectrum told lawmakers that behavioral therapies to treat the developmental delays can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
      Rep. Peter Palumbo, one of the bill's sponsors, says lawmakers will consider expanding the law to allow more therapists to provide treatments covered by insurance.
      Rhode Island was the 27th state to pass a law mandating autism coverage.