autism http://kcur.org en Insurance Coverage For Autism Set To Begin In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/insurance-coverage-autism-set-begin-kansas <p>Insurance companies will begin covering autism services next January for a limited number of children in Kansas. A bill mandating such coverage has been signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback.</p><p>“So I am pleased to sign this bill today, expanding coverage for autism. This is an important moment for families that deal with the challenges of an autistic family member, and it’s important that we do this as a society," the governor said.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:06:57 +0000 Bryan Thompson 54315 at http://kcur.org Autism Insurance Bill Heads To Kansas Governor http://kcur.org/post/autism-insurance-bill-heads-kansas-governor <p>A bill awaiting Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s signature would require health insurance sold in the state to include coverage for autism services--at least in a limited fashion.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill sent to the governor last week includes coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis.&nbsp;</p><p>Representative John Rubin, of Shawnee, guided the bill through the House.&nbsp; He says research shows ABA is the most effective form of therapy for a majority of kids with autism, but it needs to start in the preschool years…</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:20:47 +0000 Bryan Thompson 53790 at http://kcur.org Challenges For Autism Coverage Looming in Kansas http://kcur.org/post/challenges-autism-coverage-looming-kansas <p>Autism advocates argue that legislation being considered in Kansas falls short of best practices for treating the disorder. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, </span><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">one in every 88 children in the United States has autism</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:31:34 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Matthew Long-Middleton 51888 at http://kcur.org Challenges For Autism Coverage Looming in Kansas Kansas Legislation For Autism Treatment Coverage And Applied Behavioral Analysis http://kcur.org/post/kansas-legislation-autism-treatment-coverage-and-applied-behavioral-analysis <p>At the beginning of 2014, Kansas House Bill 2531 was introduced. This bill proposes insurance coverage for autism therapy for children , but many believe the coverage is not sufficient.</p><p>On today's Central Standard we discuss what Kansas will do about the shortcomings of this bill and what the proposed solutions might be. Also, we explore exactly what ABA is and how the therapy works to improve behavioral issues in children with autism.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:00:22 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52066 at http://kcur.org Parents Illustrate The Funny Side Of Autism In Kansas City Production http://kcur.org/post/parents-illustrate-funny-side-autism-kansas-city-production <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To call raising kids with with autism or autism spectrum disorder a challenge would probably be underselling it ... by quite a bit.</span></p><p>For many parents of kids with autism, maintaining a sense of humor is an essential component. Those experiences will be illustrated by some Kansas City area parents in&nbsp;<em>An Evening with the Rents</em> where they will deliver stand-up comedy routines centered around living with children on the spectrum.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:09:26 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 51614 at http://kcur.org Parents Illustrate The Funny Side Of Autism In Kansas City Production Autism: A Tale Of Two Families http://kcur.org/post/autism-tale-two-families <p>One of the problems of autism is that its origins are still fairly mysterious. But a more pressing, everyday concern for parents is how to pay for therapy for their children without going bankrupt.</p><p></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:52:42 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 41199 at http://kcur.org Autism: A Tale Of Two Families State Fines Aetna Over Autism, Abortion Coverage Violations http://kcur.org/post/state-fines-aetna-over-autism-abortion-coverage-violations <p>The Missouri Department of Insurance has issued its largest penalty to date, to health insurance company, Aetna.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:12:21 +0000 Elana Gordon 25135 at http://kcur.org State Fines Aetna Over Autism, Abortion Coverage Violations Children With Autism Are Often Targeted By Bullies http://kcur.org/post/children-autism-are-often-targeted-bullies Lots of kids get bullied. But kids with autism are especially vulnerable.<p>A new <a href="http://www.iancommunity.org/cs/ian_research_reports/ian_research_report_bullying">survey</a> by the Interactive Autism Network found that nearly two-thirds of children with autism spectrum disorders have been bullied at some point. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 07:39:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 16389 at http://kcur.org Children With Autism Are Often Targeted By Bullies Study Warns Of Autism Risk For Children Of Obese Mothers http://kcur.org/post/study-warns-autism-risk-children-obese-mothers Scientists have found one more reason that pregnancy and obesity can be a bad combination.<p>A <a href="http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/03/28/peds.2011-1601">new study</a> in the journal <em>Pediatrics</em> suggests that moms who are obese or have diabetes are more likely to have a child with autism or another developmental problem.<p>The finding is "worrisome in light of this rather striking epidemic of obesity" in the U.S., says Irva Hertz-Picciotto from the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis, one of the study's authors.<p>But it's not clear whethe Mon, 09 Apr 2012 04:08:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 15656 at http://kcur.org Study Warns Of Autism Risk For Children Of Obese Mothers Cochlear Implants Redefine What It Means To Be Deaf http://kcur.org/post/cochlear-implants-redefine-what-it-means-be-deaf There was a time when a child born deaf had few choices. For more than a century, the only option for parents was to send their son or daughter away to a boarding school for the deaf. There, the children and the schools thrived in the shadows, embracing a distinct culture of silent communication.<p>Recent advances in medicine and technology are now reshaping what it means to be deaf in America. Children who could never hear a sound are now adults who can hear everything. Sun, 08 Apr 2012 21:31:00 +0000 editor 15652 at http://kcur.org Cochlear Implants Redefine What It Means To Be Deaf The Journal Of Best Practices http://kcur.org/post/journal-best-practices <p>There comes a time in every marriage when many wives begin to wonder <strong>&ldquo;What the heck is wrong with my husband&rsquo;s brain?!&rdquo;</strong></p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:21:39 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 10720 at http://kcur.org The Journal Of Best Practices Missouri Starts Licensing Therapists Under New Autism Law http://kcur.org/post/missouri-starts-licensing-therapists-under-new-autism-law <p>Kansas City, MO – Missouri's autism insurance mandate takes effect this month. The law requires insurance companies to cover autism therapies for children. The state's gearing up to license therapists to do the work, but as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, that process is just getting underway.</p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 01:18:29 +0000 Elana Gordon 7438 at http://kcur.org Missouri Starts Licensing Therapists Under New Autism Law It's Official: Autism Coverage To Be Mandated In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/its-official-autism-coverage-be-mandated-missouri <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3744968b3b-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3744968b3b-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3744968b3b-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-907064.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Springfield, Missouri – For families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, it's been a long time coming. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed into law a bill that requires insurance companies regulated by the state to provide coverage to children with autism. Jennifer Moore attended the bill-signing press conference in Springfield yesterday and has this report.</p> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:26:26 +0000 KCUR 6715 at http://kcur.org It's Official: Autism Coverage To Be Mandated In Missouri Revised Autism Bill Passes Missouri Senate http://kcur.org/post/revised-autism-bill-passes-missouri-senate <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c3634c63711-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c3634c63711-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c3634c63711-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-900463.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Jefferson City, Mo. – A revised bill that would require insurance companies to cover some of the cost of therapy for children with autism has passed the Missouri Senate.</p> Fri, 07 May 2010 00:05:40 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6598 at http://kcur.org Revised Autism Bill Passes Missouri Senate Kansas Legislature Approves Pilot Program Mandating Autism Insurance Coverage http://kcur.org/post/kansas-legislature-approves-pilot-program-mandating-autism-insurance-coverage <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas has taken a first step in mandating insurance companies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism. The Kansas legislature has approved a bill requiring autism coverage for state employees.</p> Fri, 02 Apr 2010 15:47:17 +0000 Elana Gordon 6480 at http://kcur.org Kansas Legislature Approves Pilot Program Mandating Autism Insurance Coverage Missouri Senate Passes Autism Bill http://kcur.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-autism-bill <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c37a2fbc8eb-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c37a2fbc8eb-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c37a2fbc8eb-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-891572.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Senate has passed legislation requiring group insurance plans regulated by the state to cover autism treatment. The House approved a similar autism bill in February. The two chambers now have to reach a compromise before sending the legislation to Governor Nixon.</p> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 20:54:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 6430 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senate Passes Autism Bill