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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mandate Fix Passes WV House

At the State Journal (WV) Whitney Burdette reports on the West Virginia bill to clean up the insurance mandate:
Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder can breathe a little easier now that the West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill regarding insurance coverage for those children.
House Bill 4260, which passed unanimously, cleans up technical language in a bill passed by the Legislature last year and signed into law by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. However, insurance companies argued that the $30,000 yearly coverage for autism therapies also applied to any medical coverage an autistic child may need, from illnesses to broken bones, said Delegate Ralph Rodighiero, D-Logan, the father of an autistic child.
"Its' like if you read the Bible, you'll have two or three different views of it," he said at Feb. 13 event at the Capitol to lobby in support of the bill. "So what we've got to do is make it more black and white, and that's what we're in the process of doing right now."
Delegate Denise Campbell, D-Randolph and mother of an autistic child said at the event that she is angry the insurance companies care more about their bottom lines than the well-being of children.
Note that in this state, as in others, key legislators are autism parents.