PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A group of lawmakers from the state House and Senate are scheduled to meet to work out a compromise on a bill that would help ensure coverage of a costly but effective treatment for children with autism.

The conference committee on the measure that would mandate certain insurance plans to cover applied behavioral analysis therapy is slated to meet at 10:30 AM.

Senators rejected approving a House version on Wednesday that would increase the amount covered for younger children by thousands of dollars and expand coverage to include more providers.

The Senate version would only requires insurance companies to pay for treatment performed by specialists with doctoral or master's degrees. Proponents of the House bill argue much of hands-on care is performed by providers who don't have such degrees.

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