Families Fight for Insurance

Springfield Connection

October 1, 2009

Autism is considered a spectrum disorder; those afflicted by it have any number of symptoms ranging from mild to severe. With these shades of complexity comes a surprising new trouble: fighting with insurance providers to have these therapies and treatments covered under existing policies, as not all therapies or treatments are effective with all people on the autism spectrum.

THAT DISPARITY is the crux of the issue of obtaining coverage for children with autism, said Nathalie Molliet-Ribet, chief legislative analyst for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission in Richmond. She was part of a team that recently conducted a study of the services available to families with autistic children and compared those services with what is available in other states in order to identify best practices that have been adopted elsewhere and could be adopted in Virginia.

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