Bill would force insurance companies to pay more to agencies struggling to help kids

Gary Stern – Rockland/Westchester Journal News USA TODAY NETWORK – in the D&C on 7/24/21 on page A1

A statewide program that provides key therapies to infants and toddlers who show developmental delays has long been hamstrung by bureaucratic problems.

As a result, many community-based service providers have left the field, which has created an interminable wait for services that are, by definition, needed early in a child’s life.

But advocates say recently passed legislation would help families across New York access key Early Intervention for their kids. The program is supposed to guarantee free, quickly available therapies for children up to the age of 3.

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