(Richmond, VA - October 2, 2008) Legislation has been prefiled for introduction in Virginia to require insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders. House Bill 1588 has been introduced by Delegate Robert Marshall (R-13th District) and Delegate David Poisson (D-32nd District) of the House of Delegates. The bill will require Virginia healthcare policies to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA) and other medically necessary, evidence-based treatments prescribed by an insured's treating physician or psychologist with annual coverage for up to $36,000 a year.
Autism insurance legislation is currently being reviewed by the Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits, which held a hearing on September 29 that was very well attended by parents and advocates from all over the Commonwealth. The Virginia General Assembly will kick off its 2009 session on January 14.