BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is joining a long list of states that require health insurers to provide coverage for the treatment of autism.

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread issued a bulletin Wednesday that said treatments for autism can't be excluded from an insurance policy.

Autism is a range of disorders that hinder the ability to communicate and interact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 68 American children are diagnosed with it.

Lorri Unumb, a spokeswoman for the national advocacy group called Autism Speaks, tells KFGO radio that North Dakota is the 48th state to require health insurers to provide coverage for the treatment of autism.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com