Jefferson City – The state Senate has given initial approval to a measure that would require insurance providers to cover treatment for autistic children.
The Senate version would provide $55,000 a year for treatment called applied behavioral analysis, an intensive, and expensive, program that has successfully helped children with autism improve social skills. The coverage would last until the child turns 21.
St. Louis – Mayor Francis Slay has ruled out little in his efforts to close a $45 million gap in the city's budget for fiscal year 2011.
Members of the aldermanic Ways and Means committee tossed several ideas into the mix on Tuesday. They include higher employee contributions to pensions, and a reduction in trash collection. Comptroller Darlene Green wants to see a 39-hour work week for most city employees.