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
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
The bill applies only to fully-funded health plans governed by state
For more information: http://www.autismvotes.org/site/c.frKNI3PCImE/b.4445103/k.D5E8/Virginia.htm
Attend a Rally TODAY at the capital (info below)
Come RALLY in RICHMOND on
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!
For more information, please visit http://www.vaautismrally.com/.