Bill proposed to help autistic children

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Senator Janet Howell has proposed a bill she believes could save the state $2.3 billion.

SB 464 would require insurance companies to cover the cost of medically prescribed services for children with autism.

Supports say it could save the state $167,000 per child in special education costs over a three year children.

"Kids who are treated for autism when they are very young make tremendous progress and they need less services in public schools. They're just healthier children," said Sen. Howell.

The bill was modeled after similar laws in Texas and Pennsylvania.

Virginia has about 14,000 children with autism.

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