SOUTHFIELD (WXYZ) - Michigan is considered one of the worst states in the U.S. to raise a child with autism, but a recently passed bill could change all of that.
“I’m hoping he has a job.” Sharon Tonnies has the same dream as most moms for her 5-year-old son, Carter. “I’m hoping he’s happy, he’s healthy, he has friends.”
Carter has been diagnosed with autism and needs special academic instruction. He recently began attending the Early Intervention Center in Southfield, but the sessions cost about $3,000 a month. All of that money was coming out his mother’s pocket.
The newly passed legislation will soon cover treatments like the one Carter receives. It requires insurance companies to cover diagnosis and treatments for autism spectrum disorders for children up to the age of 18. The changes go into effect on October 1.
For mothers like Tonnies, it’s a relief to know she’ll be able to afford long-term care for her little boy. “I want to know that when I’m gone, because I will not live forever, I want to know that my boy is going to be okay and he’s going to be happy,” said Tonnies.
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