Read the Bills Act Coalition

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Bill Worth fighting for - HB 1588

HB 1588 - Sponsored by Delegate Robert Marshall (R-13) and Delegate David Poisson (D-32)

Requires private health insurance companies to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder

Coverage will be provided to individuals under the age of 21

Coverage under this bill is subject to an inflation adjusted maximum benefit of $36,000 annually

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

The bill includes coverage of the following treatments:
Habilitative or rehabilitative care
Pharmacy care
Psychiatric care
Psychological care
Therapeutic care
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

The bill applies only to fully-funded health plans governed by state

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Attend a Rally TODAY at the capital (info below)
January 15, 2009!
Join us on January 15, 2009 at 11 am in Capitol Square in Downtown Richmond for the largest gathering of autism advocates in state history!

Send the message that we care, we vote, and our children can’t afford to wait for insurance coverage of autism services. Carpool, charter bus, take a day of vacation... do everything you can to be there. Invite your church groups, friends, neighbors, anyone and everyone you know to come and stand shoulder to shoulder on behalf of those we love with autism. This will be a day to remember. We need you to be there!

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1 comment:

Alter of Freedom said...

Do not forget David's prposal to privatize the Lottery or at the very least lease it to a private firm to be run more effciently. The more I see of David the more I like where he is coming from even if he is under attack it seems from those in his own district.