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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mistakes in the West Virginia Law

AP reports:

A series of legislative errors threaten West Virginia's new law extending insurance coverage to a crucial treatment for children for autism.

Lawmakers were told Tuesday that while none of the mistakes is huge, they make the new law almost impossible to carry out.

That prompted a House-Senate Judiciary subcommittee to endorse corrective legislation for the upcoming regular session.

The new law eventually will require both public and private insurers to cover applied behavioral analysis. Experts say this treatment can greatly help with some of the neurological disorders that fall under the autism diagnosis.

The law exempts individual and small employer policies. It also sets spending and age limits. Some of the errors leave those limiting provisions unclear. Others kept language amended out of the bill before its final passage.