Senate preserves bill to expand autism coverage

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- The Maine Senate has overturned Gov. Paul LePage's rejection of a measure that would allow more children to receive private insurance coverage to treat autism.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 30-5 in favor of overriding the Republican governor's veto on Thursday.

The bill would require insurance companies to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children up to the age of 10. Currently law only requires coverage for treatment for children ages 5 and under.

Supporters say some Maine children aren't getting the care they need or are being forced onto Medicaid, which does cover treatment.

LePage opposed the bill because it would raise insurance premiums, including those on the Affordable Care Act exchange.

The bill heads to the House for a final vote.


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