LANSING, MI (WKZO) - On the day that the CDC announced disturbing new numbers on the incidence of Autism in young children, the State Legislature has sent bills to the governor that will require that insurance companies cover the treatment of autistic children.
Democrats had been pushing the legislation for some time, but the insurance companies and the Chamber of Commerce have opposed it. What pushed it over the top was the Support of Lt. Governor Brian Calley, who has an autistic daughter. That and the 34-million dollars that the state will set aside to reimburse insurance firms.
That’s why some are calling it “Calleycare”. The House approved it, and sent it over to the Senate for a final vote and now its headed for the Governor’s desk
Yesterday the CDC announced that there has been a 23% increase in the diagnosed cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the last two years. They now estimate that 1 out of every 88 children will have some problems because of autism. They are calling it an epidemic. The CDC’s Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop, says it’s higher among males and higher still among African-American and Hispanic minorities.