Over the past two years, there has been a 30 percent increase in children who have autism. U.S. health officials said last month that 1 in every 68 children in the United States has autism.
With such a big increase in a two year span, no wonder the state of California, on Wednesday, made it harder for health insurers to deny or delay coverage for these individuals.
New rules on covering behavioral symptoms on children with autism are an attempt by California to improve access to therapies that help with autistic children.
The therapies help children learn how to speak, improve their abilities to process ideas and language, and socially interact with others.
The reason why California has these rules is that some insurance companies have been cutting corners on insuring people with autism. An example of this is some insurance companies will require these therapies to be administered by certified doctors in order for the individual to be covered.
The problem is these therapies are not typically provided by doctors. In reality this was just a way for insurance companies to deny coverage of those with autism.
Autism Speaks, an organization for people with autism disorders, has closely tracked the state programs, and said that even with the insurance companies finding loopholes, California's law has helped 12,500 children since 2011.