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Maine Senate preserves bill to expand autism coverage

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The Maine Senate has overturned Governor Paul LePage’s rejection of a measure that would allow more children to receive private insurance coverage to treat autism. The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 30 to 5 in favor of overriding the Republican governor’s veto Thursday. The bill would require insurance companies to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children up to the age of 10. The current law requires coverage for treatment only for children ages 5 and under. Supporters said some Maine children are not getting the care they need or are being forced onto Medicaid, which does cover treatment.

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