A measure mandating insurance coverage for kids diagnosed with autism is awaiting Gov. Sam Brownback's signature.
Kansas State Senators passed the bill 38-2 Wednesday, also world autism awareness day.Eyewitness News first told you about the bill when it cleared the House of Representatives last week.
Under the plan, insurance companies would have to pay for weekly one-on-one treatments in the first four years after a child is diagnosed with autism.
Right now, those services are not covered. If families pay for the treatment on their own, it can cost about $36,000 each year.
A report released last week found 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism, and boys are more likely than girls to have the disorder.
Gov. Brownback has not said whether he will sign the measure into law.