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State studies services and insurance of children with autism


PIERRE, S.D. (KELO-AM) – A study of services and insurance coverage for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children is under way in South Dakota.


The study was enacted by the South Dakota Legislature earlier this year with the passage of Senate Bill 108 and is being conducted jointly by the state departments of Human Services (DHS) and Labor and Regulation (DLR). A request for proposals seeking implementation of the study was issued April 15 with a proposal deadline of May 15.


“It became clear during legislative hearings this year that South Dakota needs to take a serious look at insurance coverage for services for children with autism,” DLR Secretary Marcia Hultman said.


The departments will submit a report to the Governor and Legislature no later than Nov. 15, 2014. The study is to include input from families, autism advocacy groups, legislators, state policy leaders and other stakeholders.


“This study will consider the costs and benefits of services for children with autism,” DHS Secretary Gloria Pearson said, noting that the Governor had recently proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month in South Dakota. “We look forward to people from across the entire state providing input on this important and wide-reaching issue.”


About DHS

The South Dakota Department of Human Services’ mission is to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities, in partnership with its stakeholders, through the programs and services offered by its divisions. Learn more by visiting the department’s website, dhs.sd.gov, and viewing the DHS Strategic Plan.