Star Health launches insurance cover for children with autism, India's first

Health insurance company Star Health Insurance has launched India's first insurance policy catering to the needs of autistic children.

Star Health will offer cover for children between 3 and 25 years of age who have been diagnosed with autism for a sum of Rs three lakh.

The policy covers all in-patient and out-patient treatments including therapies, like behavioral therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. It also includes in-patient management of medical and surgical complications linked with autism including its treatment for seizures, soft tissue and bony injuries, medical and surgical procedures for spasm of muscles and infectious diseases.

There is no pre-medical check-up needed. One can avail the policy based on the diagnosis and treatment.

Star Health had also launched a group policy for autistic children in 2016 in association with a local NGO in Chennai for a period of one year.

2011 census data shows that nearly 2.2 million children between the age-group of 2-9 years in India live with autism spectrum disorder.

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