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Autism coverage bill fails

A House subcommittee refused to act on a bill that would require insurance companies to cover autism treatment for people under 21.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that HB1588 would have covered $36,000 a year and exempt businesses with 25 or fewer employees.

The bill went to a commerce and labor subcommittee Tuesday with and failed when no one on the subcommittee made a motion for or against it.

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce had opposed the mandate, saying it would raise the cost of insurance for small businesses and ultimately leave more people uninsured.

Posted by Sarah Rodriguez

One comment

  1. Concerned Citizen

    So….. let me see if I understand this…. If my child has autism you won’t require insurance to help with the astronomical amount of cost for therapy and special education required for him to reach his fullest potential but I can get insurance coverage to terminate an unwanted pregnancy…. When did we decide someone with autism no longer deserves the right to persue happiness………..I can buy insurance for my dog but I can’t buy it for my son? Since when did autism dicate an individual no longer has the same rights as I do to persue happiness?

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