Senate passes Autism bill

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email
Posted by Iva Radman – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)--The Senate has passed a bill that would require insurance companies to pay for treatment of children with autism.

Senator Janet Howell of Fairfax proposed the bill, saying autistic children receive less treatment and are diagnosed later than autistic children in some other states.

Howell also believes the move would save the state money on special education costs.

Opponents say the move would drive up insurance rates.

The bill now moves to the house.

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