- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Legislature has overturned Gov. Paul LePage’s rejection of a measure that would allow more children to receive private insurance coverage to treat autism.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 30-5 in favor of overriding the Republican governor’s veto on Thursday. The House followed with a 115-32 vote.

The bill would require insurance companies to provide coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children up to the age of 10. Current law only requires coverage for treatment for children ages 5 and under.

Supporters say some Maine children aren’t getting the care they need or are being forced onto Medicaid, which does cover treatment.


LePage opposed the bill because it would raise insurance premiums, including those on the Affordable Care Act exchange.