The treatment of autism will soon be a covered expense as part of the health benefits package for State of Ohio employees.
Governor Kasich made the announcement Tuesday after pledging last year to make the benefits available. According to a news release, negotiations recently concluded with the state employees’ unions to revise the contractually negotiated employee health plan.
“For families that have autism in their lives, it can be a tough path. If they can get help, it’s expensive, and that cost puts additional strains on relationships and family life. We can do better and I’m proud that we are doing better with this agreement to provide access to this important care,” said Ohio Department of Administrative Services Director Bob Blair.
Research shows that early intervention helps make a significant and lifelong difference in the lives of children with autism by improving social, cognitive and communication skills, the release stated.
Beginning July 1, state employees and their dependents will receive access to autism treatment including physical, speech and occupational therapy, clinical therapeutic intervention, and mental and behavioral health outpatient services.