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Autism Insurance Bill Set To Be Signed Into Law Monday


The saying goes, 'If you meet one kid with autism, you have only met one kid with autism." It's a disease that affects every person differently.

Eight year-old Noah Schop is definitely his own person. And like most people, he comes with his own quirks.

His mother Melissa recalls the days before he was diagnosed. "He had horrible ridged thinking, things had to be in order. And if his schedule was deviated in any way he would have a terrible tantrum," she said.

Noah was diagnosed with autism three years ago.

"The problem of course was finding a way to fix it and accessing services," said Melissa. "And we found great difficulty with insurance. And that is what so many families struggle with. Ok there are treatments out there, but I can't access them."

For the Schop family the battle began, but they quickly realized they were not alone.

For almost seven years, families across Nebraska have been trying to pass a bill that would allow insurance to cover screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism. Monday April 21st, that dream will become a reality. Governor Dave Heineman will sign the bill into law.

"Having access to treatment for your kid gives them a future and a possibility of them being productive in society," said Schop.

Everyday the Schop family helps Noah become more comfortable with the world around him.

"He has feelings, he just is a little awkward, he doesn't mean to be rude, he doesn't mean to get kind of get in your personal space," said Melissa.

Autism can't be controlled and while the bill is a big help, Noah's parents want to remind everyone a little patience and understanding goes a long way.


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