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County talks autism health insurance reform, community college dormitories

The Schenectady County Legislature will field resolutions to reform health care for those affected by autism and support of state legislation to finance dormitories at the Community College level during the Feb. 9 meeting at 7 p.m.

Resolution 22-10, sponsored by Legislator Hughes, D-Schenectady, recommends the county legislature to support the proposed state legislation to allow the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to finance student housing projects sponsored by local community colleges. The \Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act, will authorize the DASNY to finance and or construct dorms on behalf of the colleges, according to legislature documents.

Resolution 23-10, sponsored by Legislature Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, and co-sponsored by Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna, and Brian Gordon, D-Niskayuna, would encourage that state Assembly bill 6888-B and Senate Bill 6123 be supported by the county and encourage that the State Legislature approve the legislation. The two bills would amend NYS Insurance Law to require health insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. The state legislation would ensure that every policy, group policy, and or medical indemnity, hospital service or heath service corporation would provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder across the spectrum of autism, according to information from the county.

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