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Summary of 2011 Virginia Autism Insurance Reform Bills

Senate Bill 1062 - Sponsored by Senators Janet D. Howell (District 32); House Bill 2467 - Sponsored by Delegate Tag Greason (District 32) and Delegate Tim Hugo (District 40)
January 31, 2011
  • Would require applicable health insurance companies to provide coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders for individuals between the ages of 2 and 6 (the bill does not preclude the extension of coverage for individuals age 7 and up)
  • Coverage of treatments will be provided when prescribed, provided, or ordered for an individual diagnosed with autism by a licensed physician or a licensed psychologist who determines the care to be medically necessary


Roanoke Times: 'A setback in insurance for autism treatment'

December 07, 2011

ROANOKE (Dec. 7, 2011) -- The Roanoke Times in an editorial published today said Gov. Bob McDonnell has a "moral obligation" to resolve an impasse delaying implementation of the state's new autism insurance reform law. "The most recent setback is particularly cruel because it creates the prospect that the entire debate over the insurance mandate could be reopened, leaving the families' hard-fought gains vulnerable to mischief from insurance lobbyists," the editorial said.