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Q: If I don’t have insurance, how much can autism treatments cost?

A: An hour of autism therapy can cost about $40. Depending upon the severity of the disorder and the number of hours a patient needs for therapy, the cost can range from $10,000 to $70,000 a year.

Q: Besides potentially getting coverage for autism treatment, in what other ways does the new law help parents of children with autism?

A: The law requires all insurance plans to pay for preventive health services for children. Included in that benefit are two autism screenings: one at 18 months old and another at 24 months old. Further, insurers are required to pay for five behavioral assessments for children between infancy and 17 years of age. The insurer cannot ask for a copay or coinsurance fee for any of these services.

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