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CT Legislature Passes DSM-V Bill

May 31, 2013

HARTFORD (May 31, 2013) -- The Connecticut Legislature has sent Gov. Dannel Malloy a bill guaranteeing that anyone diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder prior to the release of the new DSM-V will not lose their benefits under the state's 2009 autism insurance reform law.

The bill, S.B.1029, clarifies that any changes in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published May 18 by the American Psychiatric Association, would not affect coverages under Connecticut's autism insurance reform law for anyone already diagnosed with an ASD.

The DSM-V folded the previous subcategories of Asperger syndrome, PDD-NOS, childhood disintegrative disorder and autistic disorder into the single broad category of "autism spectrum disorder." Autism Speaks has determined that the DSM-V changes should not affect any existing insurance coverages.