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In a welcome move, therapy for autism to be free of cost at private centers in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to include therapy for autism under the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme. This means the therapy will be free of cost in private centers.

Autism spectrum disorder affects social interaction and communication skills in children. Since it is a neurological condition, the therapy for autism has been listed as one of the treatments to be borne under the CMCHIS scheme.

The treatment is costly and the inclusion of the therapy will help poorer families. Under CMCHIS, the sum insured will be Rs one lakh for one policy year per family. This will be a cashless therapy.

The autism centres should be recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India and Commissioner for Differently Abled of Tamil Nadu government.

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