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Lt. Governor talks about new law that requires health coverage of autism treatment


LANSING (WKZO) -- April is Autism Awareness month, so it's only fitting that Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley would be talking to parents around the state about a year-old Michigan law that requires health insurance companies to cover autism treatment.

Calley's own daughter is autistic, and that's what prompted him to lead the crusade to expand health coverage to deal with the condition. He says that, with the right intervention, the autistic can lead perfectly normal lives. It about 50 percent of cases, those children can be brought to normal levels of function.Recent studies have indicated that as many as one in 50 children fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. Calley says now that Michigan health insurance companies have to cover their treatment, life is getting easier on their parents...and more behavioral therapists are coming to the state.