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USVI Enacts Autism Insurance Reform

May 20, 2014

(May 20, 2014) -- U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John P. deJongh has signed an autism insurance reform bill into law, enabling the U.S. Territory to join 37 states and the District of Columbia which have enacted reform.

Modeled after legislation enacted in 2009 by Connecticut, the bill (30-0202) requires USVI-regulated health plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism, including speech, occupational and physical therapy. Behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis (ABA), would be covered up to age 15.

ABA coverage would be capped annually at $50,000 up to age 9, $35,000 for ages 9 through 12, and $25,000 for children aged 13 and 14.

The bill was introduced last September by Senators Nellie Riveria-O'Reilly, Clarence Payne and Kenneth Gittens.