In the News: Autism Expert Speaks about Covering Costs of Treatment

A new bill may curb the cost of autism treatment for patients and their families.

Susan Hyman, M.D., chief of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is the chairperson of the Autism Subcommittee of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In July, the Democrat and Chronicle spoke with Dr. Hyman about a legislation bill, which would mandate that health insurance companies provide coverage for critical autism treatments. The bill was passed by state Legislature in June.

“We have in New York a tradition of excellence in special education and a tradition of caring for all of New York citizens, especially those with developmental disabilities,” Dr. Hyman said. “We recognize that everything has a cost, but the cost of not caring for people with autism is a real one.”

UPDATE: Nov. 1 – Gov. Cuomo plans to sign the bill to expand coverage for children with autism. Read this Democrat and Chronicle story, with details on these plans.  Dr. Hyman commented on what the bill might mean for patients, saying, “It provides additional safeguards for individuals with autism to be eligible for the services that they require to maximum health and well-being as well as function.”

To find out more about programs available to children with autism, along with information on visit our Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics site. For more on research being conducted by Dr. Hyman and her colleagues, click here.

Autism is one of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s pediatric priority areas. To find out more about how you can help us enhance our services, visit this page.

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