Virginia Moves Closer Towards Increased Autism Benefits


Virginia Autism

Today, the Virginia House of Delegates moved closer towards providing increased autism coverage for residents of the state.  HB 2467 advanced on a "voice vote," despite opposition by some House members.  The proposed bill would mandate coverage of applied behavior analysis for children with autism between the ages of two and six, with a max. annual cap of $35,000 per child.

Some complained that the bill doesn’t do nearly enough as the requirements would apply to state government entities and not to self-insured businesses or businesses with 50 or fewer employees. A similar bill is moving through the Senate of Virginia.

The actions of the state of Virginia are part of a broader movement nationwide to increase coverage of services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Autism Votes, an initiative launched by Autism Speaks, has had a major role in helping to enact this type of legislation across the country.

While these proposals by individual states are welcomed news, what is needed even more are sweeping federal changes that will help address the issue of autism services and insurance. Only then, will we begin to see parity across all fifty states in relation to services and support.  As of now, many states, including some of the larger ones, are seriously deficient in the types of services and programs they offer.

Although the bill is not what many wanted to see, at least Virginia is taking a step in the right direction to increase services for its residents. 

Now if only Utah, Wyoming and Oklahoma would get on board.  


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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
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