With the powerful backing of Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, a bill to mandate coverage of autism disorders passed Thursday in a House of Delegates committee that had killed it in previous sessions.
The bill was limited to apply to children from ages 2 to 6, to cap annual costs at $35,000 and to apply to businesses that employ more than 50 people and are not self-insured. It also covers public employees.
Passage by the House Commerce and Labor Committee, on a 15-6 vote, virtually assures its passage in the General Assembly session, because the pro-business committee has blocked it in recent sessions. Another bill is pending in the Virginia Senate, but the Senate has always favored the mandated benefit.
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Friday, January 28, 2011
Virginia Insurance Mandate Advances
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports: