Missouri's annual Autism Report compiled by the Missouri Department of Insurance shows that children are benefiting from a law that requires insurance companies to cover treatment for autism-related conditions, KFVS12 reported.
"Five years ago folks came together to expand health care access for Missouri children with autism, and today, that legislation continues to change lives," Missouri's Gov. Nixon said. "This latest report demonstrates what can be accomplished when leaders come together to improve the lives of Missourians through common-sense health care reform."
According to KFVS12, the number of people treated for autism conditions in Missouri has increased by 20 percent for the second consecutive year.
Autism Speaks, alongside Missouri families and the Missouri Autism Coalition pushed the passage of this bill in 2010. Read more about the law here.
Six states rang in the new year with stronger autism insurance laws, and eight major employers voluntarily introduced autism coverage in their health plans this year. Autism Speaks continues to advocate for insurance reform in the states that do not require autism coverage.