Autism insurance is debated –

RALEIGH — A debate is under way in North Carolina over health insurance coverage for children with autism, and the issue turns on whether the therapy is considered educational or medical.

The argument, presented Thursday in a legislative study commission, is at the heart of a proposed bill that would require health insurers to cover behavioral therapy and other treatments for children with autism, a neurological disorder marked by varying degrees of problems communicating and forming bonds with others.

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