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Parents moving for autism treatments

Many families have moved in order to find better medical treatment for their children.

Many families have moved in order to find better medical treatment for their children.

One family recently completed a difficult relocation to Florida, made necessary when their West Virginia health insurance wouldn't cover treatments for autism, CNN reports.

Wendy Radcliff and Scott Finn were living in West Virginia when their son was diagnosed with autism. As a state employee, Radcliff had good insurance, but the CNN says the insurance company refused to pay for the recommended treatment - known as ABA - so the family started paying for it themselves. Those bills quickly added up, and the family ended up paying up to $1,000 per week for the treatments.

"Our credit cards were being used to pay for things that they shouldn't be paying for, like groceries and utility bills, because we were spending any cash we had on our therapists," Radcliff told the source.

Eventually, the family decided that moving was the best option. They packed up their things and headed for Florida, where state law says that autism treatments must be covered by health insurance.

A number of states have taken action to mandate that insurance companies cover autism treatments. Autism Speaks says that 23 states have enacted laws, and another 23 have taken some steps toward passing them.