Trib Talk 3/3/14: Autism and insurance

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By Jennifer Napier-Pearce and Brennan Smith and The Salt Lake Tribune. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
Treatment for autism is expensive and many insurance plans won’t cover it. Last year, Utah lawmakers set up a trial "lottery" where 270 children with autism would be provided treatment through Medicaid. This year, a proposal making its way through the Legislature would make the program permanent. Another bill aims to require insurance companies to cover autism treatment. Rep. Ronda Menlove, Jon Owen with Utah Autism Coalition, Kelly Atkinson with Utah Insurance Association and Tribune health reporter Kirsten Stewart join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss the autism lottery and the prospect of requiring insurers to cover treatment for the disorder that affects one in 47 Utah kids.

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