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New Kansas law will expand coverage for some children with autism

"Ninety percent of the time it was hard to tell that Lance was any different than any other kid. But 10 or 20 percent of the time, he was a real handful. It was tough."

 Pittsburg resident Lloyd Bandy is talking about his son Lance who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, a developmental disorder that falls under the Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Lance's unique disorder has proven trying for him and his family. 

"They thought it was a discipline problem or, something," said Bandy. "It was hard. It took a lot of time and it took some money to get him on the right path."

Bandy and his family are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 68 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. But now, there may be more financial help for families in Kansas.

Under a bill signed into law by governor Sam Brownback, Kansas will require health insurance companies to cover services for some children with autism starting next year.

This change may lessen the burden for some families. 

"Our insurance doesn't cover a lot for his particular problem," said Bandy. "It's nice to know that we'll be getting something, help, from insurance."

But Bandy says the best aspect to the new law, is the light it will shed on Autistic Spectrum Disorders overall.

"That education, that awareness, where you learn that he is a little bit different, but that's okay. He has a lot to contribute. That's worth it."

The law is the result of a six year campaign. It is estimated it will require coverage for about 250 children when it goes into effect next year, and another 500 children in 2016.

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