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Autism Hurts Family Incomes

Moms Work Less, Earn Less, Study Finds

Autism Families: More Costs, Less Income

Twenty-nine states have passed laws requiring health insurers to pay for behavioral health services related to ASD, and the impact of the sweeping federal health care law passed in 2010 on autism coverage is still being worked out, Mandell says.

“Many, many families are still spending a lot of money out of pocket for these services,” he says. “When you consider the income loss along with these expenses, this is a real economic hit for these families.”

While more insurance companies are paying for autism treatments, many state-funded services for people with autism have been cut as a consequence of the recession, says Anne Holmes, MS, of the Autism Society.

“Families often can’t get needed services until they are in crisis, and this ends up costing society much more in the long run,” she tells WebMD.

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