April is Autism awareness month, and Idaho is taking a big step forward to protect those diagnosed with the disorder. I did not know this, but Idaho was one of six states that did not require insurers to cover autism treatments.

KTVB reports:

Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron said Monday his department has issued a bulletin warning insurer that an exclusion of autism treatments will be deemed discriminatory if an insurer's plan includes coverage of rehabilitative or habilitative services.

I really don't know too much about autism or the struggles families of those with the disorder go through. I ignorantly thought that it was something that was just covered. A quick google search informed me that autism-related healthcare can cost families upwards of $17,000 per year, per child. That is simply insane. The most significant chunk of that due to school-based educational services. It's estimated that 1 in 68 children in America is diagnosed with the disorder.

I found the above facts from autismspeaks.org