The Associated Press July 29, 2010, 10:53AM ET

New Hampshire governor signs autism treatment bill

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch has signed a law requiring insurers to cover more treatment programs for autistic children.

The new law requires covering behavioral, speech and occupational therapy along with already covered medications, health-related services and psychiatric services when they are part of a plan ordered by a doctor.

House Majority Leader Mary Jane Wallner said the bill will ensure that New Hampshire children with pervasive developmental disorders will gain access to proven treatments.

The law takes effect Jan. 1.


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