UPDATE on Autism Insurance Reform (1.17.2012)

June Update Virginia required a license for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs) to practice Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in Virginia. The process for developing the regulations included a Working Group of 3 BCBAs and a BCaBA as well as a consumer and two doctors. The Working Group met […]


Virginia Autism Project and Autism Speaks join Virginia families in applauding Governor Bob McDonnell for signing House Bill 2467 and Senate Bill 1062 into law on May 6, 2011. This legislation requires state-regulated health plans to provide coverage of autism diagnosis and treatment for children between the ages of two to six. Stakeholders and Virginia […]

The 2011 Legislative Session Is Here!

We have two bills this year filed for autism insurance reform. SB 1061 – Coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorder; relating to the state employee health benefit plan. This bill only covers state employees. SB 1062 – Relating to health insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder. This bill excludes state employees. There are reasons for this […]

Legislation would help children with autism in Virginia

Daily Press February 7, 2010 …Our autism crisis at present affects more than 14,000 children in Virginia. We continue to work with our legislators to gain assistance for the families and children with autism by asking that insurance companies cover the cost of medically prescribed services for our children. The House Labor and Commerce Subcommittee […]

Summary of Virginia Legislation

Courtesy of Autism Votes, an Autism Speaks initiative. Summary of Virginia Legislation: House Bill 303 – Sponsored by Delegate John M. O’Bannon III Senate Bill 464 – Sponsored by Senator Janet D. Howell Would require health insurance companies to provide coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders for individuals age 9 and […]

Action Alert: Efforts Shift Focus to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee

House Bill defeated in committee, Senate Bill up for debate HB 303 defeated by a tie vote of the House Labor and Commerce Committee Our effort now must quickly shift focus to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, which will hear SB 464, sponsored by Senator Janet Howell, next Monday, February 8 at around 1:30 […]