New law gives thousands of dollars to treat autism, related disorders
Posted by lightfoot on Thursday, April 17, 2008 (23:14:30) by Leigh Munsil
Autism disorders may no longer lead to overwhelming out-of-pocket expenses after the passage of Steven's Law by the state Legislature (Arizona) last week.
Steven's Law requires certain health-care providers, such as disability insurers, to provide coverage to children living with autism disorders up to age 16. The coverage should not exceed $50,000 for children up to age 9 and $25,000 through age 16.
Rapp Encourages Local Families Dealing with Autism to Apply for State Mini Grant
Posted by lightfoot on Friday, April 11, 2008 (06:24:30) State Representative Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) announced the availability of mini-grants from the Bureau of Autism Services within the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and is encouraging eligible residents to apply.
Autism Connected To Gene Central To Neuron Formation
Posted by lightfoot on Friday, April 04, 2008 (21:58:46) Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pathology at Stony Brook University Medical Center, and colleagues have found that a disruption of the Contactin 4 gene on chromosome 3 may be linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What causes ASD, a developmental disorder of the central nervous system, is largely unknown. Dr. Hatchwellâ€™s finding suggests that mutations affecting Contactin 4 may be relevant to ASD pathogenesis, and thus a potential biomarker for some individuals with the disorder.
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